Kidney transplant

A kidney transplant is an option for patients who are experiencing end-stage kidney (or renal) disease. The Kidney Transplantation program offers transplantations from both living and deceased donors.

The care team includes a donor coordinator, recipient coordinators, nephrologists, surgeons, pharmacists, and many other staff members who are specially trained to care for transplant patients.

Allina Health patient education manuals

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Kidney Transplant Information for Recipients

This booklet gives you basic information about a kidney transplant. You will be working closely with the members of your health care team to decide if a kidney transplant is right for you and for the best care possible.

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Donating Your Kidney

The decision to donate a kidney is personal. There are many things you will need to think about but, most important, you must choose what is right for you. You should not feel any pressure or feel rushed into making a decision.

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Care After Kidney Transplant

This manual gives basic information about having a kidney transplant and choosing to donate a kidney.

Recipient

Pre-transplant

Surgery

Post-transplant

Resources

If you have questions about information you found on a website, ask your transplant coordinator.

If you find a website that asks for you to register or that sells information or products and you are unsure about it, ask your transplant coordinator. 

  • The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) collects information about transplants performed throughout the United States. National and transplant center-specific patient outcome data is published twice a year. Information regarding Abbott Northwestern Hospital’s Kidney Transplant Program performance including average time on wait list and patient outcomes can be reviewed at srtr.org.
  • Life-Source.org: LifeSource
  • UNOS.org: United Network for Organ Sharing
  • Medicalert.org: Medic Alert
  • Kidney.org: National Kidney Foundation
  • Medicare.gov: Medicare
  • OPTN.org: The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network
  • ITSCC.org: International Transplant Skin Cancer Collaborative
  • Medicalert.org: Medic Alert

Patient education videos

Explore the video library for trusted, easy-to-understand health and wellness education. View video library kidney topics.

The Stages of Kidney Disease

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Coping with Chronic Kidney Disease

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If you would like a printed, spiral-bound copy, please email Allina Health's Patient Education Department at patienteducation@allina.com.

Kidney Transplant Information for Recipients and Donors
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Source: Allina Health Patient Education, Kidney Transplant Information for Recipients and Donors, renal_ahc_93498
Reviewed By: Allina Patient Education experts, including the Transplantation Department of Abbott Northwestern Hospital
First Published: 05/15/2015
Last Reviewed: 02/24/2021