Preparing for your Transplant

Preparing for your Transplant

Waiting for a Deceased donor kidney transplant

When a person is accepted as a candidate for kidney transplantation, he or she is placed on the national waiting list. A person’s waiting time depends on a combination of factors that includes blood type, tissue type, antibody status and length of time on the waiting list. In the Pacific Northwest, patients with blood type O and B face longer wait times than the other blood types. Antibody status means the amount of human antigens that the patient has been exposed to and had a reaction. A patient may develop antibodies through blood transfusions, pregnancies or previous transplants making the waiting time for a transplant longer. The last factor, waiting time, means that the longer a person is on the list, the better the chance of receiving an organ.

After you are placed on the waiting list, you will be sent instructions on how to obtain a pager. Please inform us of any changes in your phone, pager or cell phone numbers so that we can quickly reach you. As the call for a deceased donor kidney can come at any time of day or night, it is important to keep your phone on at night so that you can hear the ringer and to carry your pager at all times. The transplant coordinator who calls you with an available organ will provide information on how quickly you need to come to the hospital and other instructions.

Staying fit

Keeping yourself in the best possible condition today will give you a better start on your new lifestyle with your new kidney. Preparing yourself both physically and emotionally can improve your recovery after a transplant. We encourage you to eat a "heart-healthy" diet, follow an exercise program, maintain good dental health care with regular checkups and take any medications or dialysis treatments prescribed by your doctor. It is essential that you refrain from smoking. The transplant team is available to help you get the support services you need. Stay in touch with the transplant coordinators and social worker or speak with the support-services staff in your dialysis unit.

Contact Information

Transplant Program
1101 Madison
First Hill Campus, Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206-386-3660 or 1-800-99ORGAN (1-800-996-7426)
Fax: 206-386-3644
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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