People with chronic kidney disease who meet certain criteria of kidney function and those on dialysis are most appropriately treated with a kidney transplant. Chronic kidney disease may be caused by many medical conditions, including:
Your transplant team will evaluate you to determine whether a kidney transplant may be safe and beneficial for you. Your comprehensive evaluation will include blood tests, imaging scans and other tests. Doctors will check you for other serious conditions, including chronic infections, cancer, and heart and blood vessel (cardiovascular) disease.
Most people who are evaluated are determined to be eligible for a kidney transplant. Your doctors and transplant team will work with you to promote wellness, lower your risks and improve your outcome after kidney transplant. A care team member will talk with you about the importance of taking your immunosuppressant (anti-rejection) medications to keep your body from rejecting your kidney.