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Before a Kidney Transplant | Iowa Methodist Transplant Center

Before your Kidney Transplant

Kidney Transplant Referral

Q: How do I get referred to the Iowa Methodist Transplant Center?

A: Anyone can make a referral to the transplant center. You may make a  You can be referred self-referral, through a nephrologist (kidney doctor) or through a dialysis unit at your local hospital. Learn more about our referral information.

Q: What do I do after I am referred?

A: You will receive a call from our office to schedule an evaluation. You will then receive instructions on where to find the information to complete a packet of information on-line. 

Kidney Transplant Evaluation

Q: What do I do when I arrive for my evaluation?

A: As part of your evaluation, you will undergo testing, which may include lab work, chest x-ray, EKG and CAT scan. 

Q: How long is the evaluation appointment?

A: The evaluation takes most of the day. You will have a lunch break. The transplant team members you will see will include: transplant surgeon, transplant nephrologist, transplant coordinator, social worker, psychologist, dietician and financial coordinator. If traveling from outside of Des Moines, plan for two days. 

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

A: Bring your family/support person who will be with you throughout the transplant process. 

Q: What do I do after my evaluation?

A: After your evaluation, the surgeon and nephrologist will determine what further testing is needed (example: heart doctor, lung doctor, etc.). Once completed, your results will be presented to the Transplant Listing Committee.

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. You will either be approved, denied or be provisionally approved pending further tests.

Patients on a Transplant Waiting List

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

A: The pre-transplant coordinator notifies you of the Listing Committee's decision. They will also send you a letter stating the Listing Committee's decision. 

Q: What do I do after I am listed? 

A: There are several things you can do after becoming listed on The Transplant Center's Waiting List. First of all, stay healthy. Next, notify your transplant coordinator if you are sick or hospitalized, if you have a change of phone number or address, and if you are leaving town. It's also important to notify the transplant team if you have a change in insurance.

Q: What do I do when I get the call to come in for a potential kidney transplant?

A: You will receive a call from the transplant coordinator. The coordinator will inform you of your next steps. It is important to ensure your phone number is up to date with the transplant team.

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