For most patients suffering end-stage kidney failure, kidney transplantation is the best treatment. A kidney transplant involves surgically replacing your damaged kidney with a kidney that has been donated by a deceased or a living donor. People whose kidneys have permanently failed due to chronic end-stage renal disease caused by diabetes mellitus, hypertension, autoimmune disease, congenital abnormalities or because of infection or trauma (injury) may be a candidate for a kidney transplant.
In the past, age was a major factor in receiving a kidney transplant; however, patients range from six-month-old infants to 70-year-old adults. Your overall health status is whatâ€™s most important. If you meet the candidacy requirements and are deemed healthy enough, you will then proceed with the transplant orientation process. Patients who have undergone kidney transplant after being on dialysis often tell us they now enjoy a noticeable improvement in the quality of their lives.
Screenings prior to transplant surgery ensure that you are in good medical and psychological health and that you have the motivation and support to adhere to treatment plans. People who generally are not candidates include those with metastatic cancer, active drug or alcohol abuse, active infection or severe medical problems.
If you think you might be a candidate for a kidney transplant, please contact your family physician immediately for evaluation. Your physician can then determine if a referral to the transplant team at Ohio Stateâ€™s Comprehensive Transplant Center is necessary.
To learn more about whether you could be a candidate for a kidney transplant, please call: 614-293-6724 or 800-293-8965.
Living Kidney Donation
The best option for a patient waiting for a kidney is to receive one from a living donor. Wait times for patients who have living donors are reduced from years to months, and the transplant recipients have better outcomes with kidneys from living donors. We encourage all patients waiting for a kidney transplant to seek a living donor. Living donors do not have to be blood relatives; they can be spouses, in-laws, friends, co-workers or fellow church members. Gender and race are not factors in determining a successful match.
Qualifications for Living Kidney Donors
To qualify as a living donor, an individual must be in good general health and free from high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, kidney disease and heart disease.
The living donor will first undergo a blood test to determine blood type compatibility with the recipient. If the living donor and recipient have compatible blood types, the donor undergoes a medical history review and a complete physical examination, in addition to tests to ensure compatibility.
The decision to become a living donor is a voluntary one, and the donor may change his or her mind at any time during the process.
Learn More About Living Donation
If youâ€™re considering becoming a living kidney donor, you can speak with a living donor coordinator at Ohio Stateâ€™s Comprehensive Transplant Center by calling 800-293-8965.