Every Step of the Way

IU Health makes Kidney Transplant Possible

Get Started

1. Get Started

We welcome physician and self-referrals online or by phone. Because of our shorter wait times and strong outcomes, we often receive patient referrals from around the country. It is important to us that you are fully supported throughout the entire transplant process.

Verify Benefits Coverage

2. Verify Benefits Coverage

Timing is crucial when it comes to transplantation. IU Health Transplant verifies a patient's insurance and benefits coverage before any medical evaluation is started. This step eliminates the risk of switching hospitals and beginning the evaluation process from the beginning if there are insurance issues.

Meet the Team

3. Meet the Team

Next you will meet with each member of the transplant team. Get to know them. They are here for you if you have any questions. This team consists of:

  • Surgeon
  • Medical Specialist
  • Social Worker
  • Transplant Coordinator (RN with training to care for pre- and post-transplant patients)
  • Phychologist
  • Dietician
  • Financial Counselor
  • Financial Coordinator
Complete Medical Evaluation

4. Complete Medical Evaluation

Two to four weeks after your initial contact, we will perform a formal evaluation. We review medical records, lab results and conduct other procedures to determine your candidacy. Basic evaluation includes the following, but varies for each organ:

  • Blood and HLA tissue typing
  • Chest X-ray
  • Psycho/social evaluation
  • Pelvic exam and Pap smear (females only)
  • Heart testing (ECG)
  • Hepatitis, syphilis and AIDS blood tests
  • Mammogram (females only)
  • Tuberculosis test
  • Prostate blood test (males only)
  • Colon screening (age 50 and over)
  • Dental exam and treatment if necessary
  • Other tests/consults as needed if test results are abnormal, or if a medical or psycho/social condition suggests more evaluation should be done (determined by the transplant team)
Find a Support Network

5. Find a Support Network

Upon being accepted as a candidate for transplant, guest relations will introduce himself or herself as your guide to the city. From grocery shopping, to airport pickup, we help you and your caregivers with any questions you may have.

We help you understand how to be the healthiest you can be before and after surgery through educational classes and materials.

Talk to your family, friends and transplant team about your situation. We encourage you and your caregivers to join other patients and families in our support groups. This will help put you at ease and relieve stress.

Be Ready

Pack your bags. Be prepared to go to the hospital at a moment's notice. Plan for transportation and lodging, make a list of things to take with you, and be sure to pack an extra 24-hour supply of medications.

6. Be Ready

Keep your transplant team up-to-date with your current location.

Keep up with all necessary lab work and tests.

Inform your transplant team of any changes in your health, insurance or financial situation.

Try to stay healthy and work to improve your current health. This is vital. An organ transplant has a higher success rate for patients whose overall health has not deteriorated.