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Starting Out

Referral and Evaluation

Considering a kidney transplant signifies the beginning of each transplant patient’s journey.  The decision to pursue a transplant is a life changing decision.  Some important facts to consider:

  • here in Arizona over 2200 patients are waiting for a transplant
  • over 1600 of these patients are waiting for a kidney, this represents about 70% of the total
  • an average of 4 to 5 years is the time that a patient could be waiting for a kidney transplant.  This time is shortened if a living donor is available

Our transplant team will help you to determine if a kidney transplant is your best treatment option.  Education and open communication are essential parts of this process.  Once referred to the transplant program, you will have clinical tests and examinations to help determine if a transplant is a safe option for you.  Some important considerations include:

  • health factors (other medical conditions and overall health)
  • social support and caregiver (essential especially in the initial weeks after transplant)
  • insurance contracts with transplant centers