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
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.