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Find a Transplant Center

The following is an edited reprint of information compiled by the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS).

At last count there were 244 kidney transplant centers in the United States.  Find a transplant center near you. Included are one-year transplant patient survival rates and estimated waiting list times for each kidney transplant center.

You may want to consider being on more than one transplant center’s waiting list.  You’re also free to select a transplant center on your own,  with the help of your nephrologist,  or choose a center from your insurance company’s list of preferred providers.

When you’re considering transplant centers, ask about the number and type of transplants the center performs each year, as well as its organ and recipient survival rates.  You can compare transplant center statistics through a database maintained by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients.

Also consider additional services provided by the transplant center.  Many transplant centers coordinate support groups, assist with travel arrangements, help secure local housing for the recovery period and offer referrals to other helpful resources.

Do I need to be accepted by the transplant center?

When you select a transplant center,  you’ll need an evaluation to determine whether you meet the center’s eligibility requirements for a kidney transplant. The team at the transplant center will assess whether you:

  • Are healthy enough to have surgery and tolerate lifelong post-transplant medications?
  • Have any medical conditions that would hinder transplant success?
  • Are willing and able to take medications as directed?
  • Have family and friends to support you during this stressful time?

What tests determine compatibility requirements of a kidney donor?

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