Center for Transplantation

Considering a Kidney Transplant

Treatment Options for Kidney Failure

If you are facing kidney failure, you may be frightened. We at UMC are prepared to help you explore your options. We will base our mutual decision on your medical history, health status and personal situation.

When the kidneys can no longer perform their functions, there are three treatment options:

  • Dialysis — a technique that removes waste using tubes or machines
  • Living Donor Kidney Transplant — a live donor kidney is surgically placed
  • Deceased Donor Kidney Transplant — a deceased donor kidney is surgically placed

If you decide to further explore the option of transplant:

  • Transplant offers a better quality of life versus long-term treatment with dialysis
  • A live donor kidney offers more organ longevity than a deceased donor kidney

Would You Benefit From a Kidney Transplant Evaluation?
People exploring transplant as a treatment potential must go through a pre-transplant evaluation to determine if transplant is the best option.  Are you healthy enough for a transplant? Patients who are not good candidates for a kidney transplant include those who have:

  • Malignancy other than skin cell carcinomas
  • Active infections
  • HIV infection
  • Active immunological diseases
  • Advanced cardiac disease
  • Advanced primary pulmonary or thoracic disease
  • Obesity
  • Malnutrition
  • Untreated psychological disorder
  • Evidence of poor compliance
  • Absence of appropriate insurance or funding
  • Untreated, ongoing drug, alcohol or tobacco abuse
  • Lack of caregiver support

Financial Considerations

  • Sufficient insurance for the necessary coverage of transplant evaluations, testing, surgery, post-operative medications and treatments.
  • Sufficient income to cover numerous basic living expenses, medical expenses, and your post-transplant care.
  • Medicare or a single private insurance alone may not be enough to cover all aspects of transplant.  Secondary or supplemental insurance may be required. Prescription drug coverage is a must.