Becoming a Candidate
A wide range of information is needed to determine whether you are eligible for transplant. Our team will guide you through the evaluation process. The team includes a transplant surgeon, a transplant physician specializing in the area of your condition, one or more transplant nurses, a social worker, a dietician, and a psychiatrist or psychologist. You may also see other physician specialists who concentrate in transplantation.
The transplant evaluation process will include, but is not limited to:
- Psychological and social evaluation. A transplant will impact your life in many ways. Psychological, social and emotional issues such as stress, financial issues, and support by family and/or significant others can significantly impact the outcome of a transplant. Our team will discuss these life areas with you to help determine your eligibility. Living donors participate in this same evaluation.
Blood tests. You will undergo blood tests to help determine a good donor match, assess your priority on the donor list, and to help improve the chances that the donor organ will not be rejected.
- Diagnostic tests. Diagnostic tests may be performed to review your overall health status and that of your other organs. These tests may include X-rays, ultrasound procedures, biopsies, and dental examinations. Women may receive a Pap test, gynecology evaluation, and a mammogram.