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Can I get a transplant without going on dialysis first?

Yes, in fact, there are long-term benefits of having a "pre-emptive" kidney transplant, meaning a transplant without having dialysis first. Your healthcare professional can refer you to a transplant center for tests or you can contact a local transplant center directly. If a family member or friend is willing to donate a kidney, the tests can be started right away. If there is a “match,” surgery can be scheduled. However, if you do not have a living donor, you will need to be on a waiting list until a kidney from a suitably matched deceased donor becomes available. In the meantime, you can have dialysis treatments.

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