The Waiting Period
for Your Kidney Transplant
Once your name has been activated on the waiting list for a deceased donor kidney, you will need to be prepared and ready to respond should a suitable donor be found. We cannot predict exactly how long you will remain on the deceased donor waiting list, but an average wait is between four to six years. If you have a suitable living donor, your transplant coordinator will work with you and your living donor to schedule the surgery at a time that is convenient for all.
During your wait for a kidney transplant, there are steps you can take to ensure the process goes smoothly. To get organized for transplant, you need to:
- Keep your Transplant Team updated while you’re on the waiting list. Call your transplant coordinator to notify about any changes to your:
- contact information (address, phone numbers)
- doctor or dialysis unit
- medical condition
- Identify an insurance-approved local lab in which you can have blood tests done after transplant (your dialysis unit will no longer do this)
- Identify your support system
- Identify your transportation system to/from San Francisco for your transplant and for three to six weeks following transplant when you are unable to drive
- Have members of your support system who will be accompanying you to San Francisco determine their transportation and lodging plan. They will need money for incidentals – gas, bridge tolls, parking, lodging and food. If they require an overnight stay in San Francisco,CPMC offers several suggestions.
Hotel Kabuki and Holiday Inn Golden Gateway offer special CPMC patient room rates. CPMC provides courtesy shuttle service, Monday through Friday, between these hotels and CPMC’s Pacific Campus. Patients can travel from the Pacific Campus to other CPMC Campuses using the CPMC shuttle system.
Information about room rates, amenities, transportation and reservation instructuctions as well as other suggestions are on our Visiting Us-Local Lodgings page..
- Plan how you will get home following your transplant surgery
- If you have disability forms, bring them with you to the hospital and give them to the Kidney Team before you are discharged.
About California Pacific Medical Center
California Pacific Medical Center, part of the Sutter Health network, offers kidney, pancreas, liver and heart transplantation as part of our Barry S. Levin, MD Department of Transplant.
Kidney & Pancreas Transplant Program
California Pacific Medical Center
2340 Clay Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
Outreach locations available throughout Northern California and in Reno.