Kidney Transplant Candidates
Candidates for kidney transplantation suffer from CKD or are approaching dependence on renal replacement therapy (dialysis). There is no age limit, though usually patients are younger than 70 years. Each patient at St. Joseph Hospital Kidney Transplant Center is evaluated individually to determine candidacy.
It is important to evaluate a patient's overall health and risk factors to help ensure transplant success.
Kidney transplantation is usually not recommended for patients who have the following conditions:
- Active cancer, ongoing serious infection, or active gastric ulcer disease
- Severe, non-correctable heart or peripheral vascular disease
- Current drug or alcohol abuse
- Immune deficiency disease
- Psychosocial conditions or situations that interfere with post-transplant care or medication management
Considerations When Selecting a Transplant Center
When selecting a hospital for kidney transplantation, it's important to make an informed decision. Look closely at the qualifications and performance of the hospital's program, and be sure to ask the right questions. The program should have favorable outcomes data, such as the results reported by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR). And the program should be in good standing with
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS),
The Department of Health Services (DHS) and
The United Network For Organ Sharing (UNOS). You should also ask if the program has received any corrective or disqualifying action from these organizations.