Preparing for an Organ Transplant Evaluation Appointment

The Transplant Evaluation Process

As part of the transplant evaluation process at Beaumont Hospital, each potential organ recipient will be evaluated by a multidisciplinary team including a transplant surgeon, transplant coordinator, social worker, dietician and financial representative. This process is used to obtain a comprehensive medical assessment. Additional tests may be needed to clarify medical conditions that could increase the risk of complications during surgery or subsequent chronic immunosuppression.

For potential kidney-transplant patients, the team will decide whether a transplant would increase your survival or quality of life compared to continued dialysis treatment. If the transplant risks are too high, you'll be counseled about your options.

Patients on the deceased-donor transplant list must complete a follow-up appointment with the transplant team every six to 12 months.

What should I bring with me to my appointment?

Bring pertinent medical records with you, including recent X-ray reports (not films), heart records and hospital discharge summaries. Transplant team members will review this information when they meet with you.

A form asking for information about hospitalizations, surgeries and medications you are taking will be sent to you with your appointment letter. Complete the form and bring it to your appointment. The transplant team will review this form.

If you are a peritoneal dialysis patient and need to do an exchange while you are here, feel free to bring supplies with you. We can arrange for you to use a room.

Your family is welcome to come with you to your appointment. Patients find that having someone with them during the meeting with team members helps them understand the information later. If a family member is thinking about being a donor, this is a good time to ask questions and collect general information. If a family member or friend is considering donating a kidney to you but cannot attend your appointment, we can mail the information.

Your insurance information should include Medicare and Medicaid cards, as well as any private insurance. We'll review this with you to help prevent future billing problems. It's a good idea to become familiar with your insurance coverage before any doctor's appointments, diagnostic testing and hospitalizations.

If you need a referral to see us, make sure you receive it before your appointment. If the referral is not in place, your insurance may not cover the cost of your office visit. Your primary care physician's office can help you get a referral.

Transplant candidate eligibility was developed within Beaumont Hospitals' mission of care without regard to race, national origin, religion, gender and sexual orientation.