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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, pharmacist, 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 living donor coordinator presents the information at the Listing Committee. The committee will make one of three decisions. You will either be approved, denied or be provisionally approved 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. From there a surgery date can be picked. 

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.