Here's what happens after we receive the referral from your doctor and an appointment is made.
You’ll Be Assigned a Transplant Coordinator
Your pre-transplant coordinator is a nurse with special training and experience in organ transplants. They will be your main point of contact -- answering your questions and helping you arrange tests and appointments -- from your initial evaluation until your transplant surgery.
You’ll Have a Comprehensive Evaluation to See if You’re a Candidate
You and your caregivers will come to our clinic for a one-day evaluation. You’ll see a nephrologist, kidney transplant surgeon, and other members of our transplant team. You will also undergo a series of tests during or following your evaluation. Some of these tests can be performed close to your home. The transplant team will use the information they gather to understand your needs and to determine if a kidney transplant at Duke will meet those needs.
Your Kidney Transplant Options
Once you are approved for a kidney transplant, we start the process of finding the right kidney for you. You may have the option to receive a kidney from a living donor, or you will be placed on the waitlist for a kidney from a deceased donor.
At the Duke Kidney Transplant Center, our team of experts takes an individualized approach to surgery for every patient. Watch this video to learn more about the kidney transplant process at Duke.