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Before a Kidney Donation | UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

Before Living Organ Donation


Q: How can I get information about becoming a living donor?

A: Call the transplant center  at 515-241-4044 / 1-888-343-4164 or fill out an online referral form. We will send you a packet of information.

Q: What do I do if I decide that I want to pursue kidney donation?

A: Complete the health history form provided in your packet of information, and send it back to the Transplant Center. 

Q: What happens after I send back my health history form?

A: You will get a call from the Transplant Center with help answering any questions you may have. 

Q: What do I do if I wish to pursue donation?

A: You can start preliminary blood work testing to determine if you and the recipient have the same blood type.


Q: What happens at the evaluation?

A: We will set up your evaluation around your schedule the best we can. We will begin with more testing: chest X-ray, EKG, CAT scan and lab work. You will also meet with our transplant team - transplant surgeon, transplant nephrologist, transplant coordinator, social worker, psychologist and living donor advocate. 

Q: Who do I bring with me to my evaluation?

A: We encourage you to bring your family/support person who will be with you throughout the donation process. 

Q: What if I do not live in the Des Moines area? 

A: We will to do as much testing as possible locally before having you come to Des Moines.

Q: What happens after my evaluation?

A: After the evaluation the pre-transplant coordinator presents the information at the Listing Committee. The committee will make one of three decisions:  



    Provisional approval pending further tests

Q: What do I do after I am approved to be listed at Iowa Methodist Transplant Center?

A: The living donor coordinator notifies you of the Listing Committee's decision. 

Q: What if it is determined that I am not a candidate?

A: You will be notified of the reason and we will ask the recipient to seek other potential donors. The recipient will not be notified as to why you are not a candidate.

Q: What if I decide not to pursue kidney donation?

A: You have the right to change your mind at any time! The recipient will not be notified to the reason. This is kept confidential.

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