Who will decide if I can get a kidney transplant?

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.

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.

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