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Who will decide if I can get a kidney transplant?

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People who may be helped by a kidney transplant undergo an extensive evaluation by the transplant team. Based on the evaluation results, the transplant team decides whether or not a transplant is appropriate as the best therapeutic option.

The decision to proceed with a kidney transplant represents a strong commitment to self-care and medical follow-up, so the ultimate decision rests with the patients. Only they can evaluate their quality of life and determine whether or not a kidney transplant is worth pursuing.
Once testing is complete, your case for a kidney transplant will be presented at a selection committee meeting. The selection committee usually consists of nephrologists, surgeons, nurses, social workers, financial coordinators and pharmacists. The committee will then decide if you are a candidate for transplant based on the specific transplant center criteria and you will be notified. 

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Kidney Transplant

One of the most common transplant procedures in the United States, kidney transplantation is a treatment option for those with advanced and permanent kidney failure. The first kidney transplant was performed in the 1950s, and sinc...

nce then doctors have learn much about minimizing the side effects of medications and how to prevent the body from rejecting the new organ. Healthy kidneys remove wastes and excess fluids from blood, which balances out the chemicals in the blood and keep it clean. When the kidneys fail, the body is unable to remove the harmful wastes and they could damage the body. Kidney transplantation is not for everyone. Certain conditions make the procedure too dangerous or unlikely to be successful.
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