What To Expect
As you begin your journey through a kidney transplant, you will have many questions. The Transplant Team at the Iowa Methodist Transplant Center is here to help. Each step of the process will be explained in detail and all of your questions will be answered. To get you started, we collected some of the most common questions our patients have:
Before Your Kidney Transplant
During Your Kidney Transplant
After Your Kidney Transplant
Q: What do I do if I live out of town?
A: Talk to your transplant coordinator, and he or she can provide you with details. We ask that you stay in the Des Moines area after a transplant until your surgeon advises you can go home.
Q: What do I do if someone wants to donate a kidney?
A: Please have your donor call us at (515)241-4044 or 1-888-343-4164.
Q: What if my blood type doesn't match my donors?
A: We are part of the national paired exchange pilot study though UNOS.
Q: What if I don't have a living donor?
A: Talk to your coordinator about living donors and how you can approach friends, neighbors, your church and other organizations. We encourage you to assign a donor champion.