During your initial visit to the Kidney Transplant Program at Rush University Medical Center, you will meet with a transplant surgeon, a nurse transplant coordinator and a social worker. They will assess the severity of your illness and any other medical problems you may have to determine if transplant is an appropriate option for you. They also will provide a great deal of information about transplant and will answer any questions you may have.
The following are some questions you may want to discuss during your visit:
- If I don't get a kidney transplant, what are my treatment options?
- What are the risks and benefits of transplantation?
- How many transplants are done at Rush each year?
- How long will a kidney transplant last?
- If someone wants to give me a kidney what should that person do?
- Is it safe for a person to donate a kidney?
- What are the benefits of receiving a kidney from a living donor?
- When will I get on the waiting list?
- How long will I wait for a kidney transplant?
- Do I need to do anything special while waiting for a kidney transplant?
- How many medicines will I have to take after a transplant? For how long will I have to take them?
- What will my insurance cover and what will be my costs?
(Next: Pretransplant evaluation)