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After the Kidney Evaluation

The Transplant Institute's interdisciplinary team meets weekly, and includes transplant surgeons and physicians, infectious disease specialists, transplant nurse coordinators, psychologist, social workers, pharmacist, ethicists, financial coordinators, inpatient nurses and case managers. We review all of the information gathered during your evaluation to determine if:

  • Transplant is the best treatment option for you
  • Another treatment option may be a better choice for you at this time
  • More information/tests are needed to decide what type of treatment is in your best interest

We schedule a follow-up appointment with you to discuss your test results and our team's recommendation. Most people we evaluate for a transplant are suitable candidates. We will notify you in writing when you are activated on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) waiting list.

We schedule an appointment to see you in the transplant clinic every three to six months while you wait for a kidney transplant. During this time, we may request that you repeat some of the tests to determine eligibility for transplant. We will assess whether you have any possible  live donors and work with you and your loved ones to assure that your questions are answered. You can expect to be well informed about the transplant process. We want you and your loved ones to establish a partnership with the transplant team, in order to best achieve your health goals.

Nutritional Consult/Evaluation

If you are identified in the team meeting as a good candidate for kidney transplantation, you will meet with the center's nutritionist. We may ask you to bring a three-day food record so the nutritionist can review your diet with you. The nutritionist checks this food diary, and your blood work, to be sure you are choosing healthy foods. Also, we want to know that you can successfully follow a special diet. Making the right food choice is an important part of preparing for transplant surgery and for taking care of your new kidney after surgery.

Your nutritionist will also review your overall body mass index (BMI) to help decide if you need to gain or lose weight before surgery. The nutritionist may recommend more physical activity to help you lose weight. Feel free to ask any questions you have about your diet. Your nutritionist can create an eating plan that is right for you.

Contact Information

Transplant Institute
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Lowry Medical Office Building, 7th Floor
110 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02215