Kidney Transplant Patient Evaluations

For those preparing to undergo a kidney transplant, the process can seem daunting. Not only does the fear and anxiety of impending surgery bring stressful feelings, but also the worries of a successful transplant can take an emotional toll.

Our highly trained staff helps patients feel at ease, from the first consultation to the actual transplant to the outpatient follow-up visits at University Hospitals.

Learn More About Kidney Transplant at UH

To refer a patient call 216-844-3689.
To learn more about our kidney transplant program, call
216-286-6830.

Transplant Patient Education

Once a patient is referred to the Kidney Transplant Program at University Hospitals Transplant Institute, an intake coordinator conducts a phone interview with the patient to obtain demographic (address and phone), insurance, and medical information. Once this interview is complete, the patient is scheduled to attend a mandatory education class. The education class is taught by a transplant nurse coordinator and reviews the following:

  • Patient selection criteria
  • Necessary medical tests
  • The kidney transplant waiting list
  • Information about the procedure itself
  • What to expect during recovery
  • The importance of anti-rejection drugs to prevent complications
  • Post-transplant follow-up care at UH

Evaluation & Tests

At the Kidney Transplant Program at UH, an extensive evaluation is performed before the patient is added to the transplant waiting list. Common tests include:

  • Blood tests
  • Diagnostic tests

During the evaluation process, several experts in the UH Kidney Transplant Program will meet with the patient. Those expert include:

  • Transplant surgeons
  • Nephrologists
  • Nurse coordinators
  • Social workers
  • Dietitians
  • Other team members (anesthesiologists, hematologists, infectious disease specialists, psychologists)