What does the evaluation consist of?

  • Living Donor Coordinator/Independent Living Donor Advocate Consult: This meeting is intended to fully inform the potential donor about the kidney donation and the transplant process.
  • The doctor carefully assesses the function of the kidneys and the safety of donating.
  • Transplant Surgeon: The surgeon discusses the appropriateness of donating a kidney, the risk of surgery and possible complications after donation.
  • Social Worker Consult: A psychosocial assessment is conducted to evaluate the potential donor’s readiness to donate a kidney.
  • Registered Dietician Consult: The dietician may perform a nutritional assessment and provide nutritional education.
  • Health exam: Several tests are done to determine if the potential donor is a suitable candidate including:
    • Laboratory testing to screen the immunity for presence of viruses. Blood and urine tests help determine if all organs, including the kidneys, are healthy and functioning properly 
    • A chest X-ray to help identify any problems with the lungs and an EKG (electrocardiogram) to assess heart function.
    • A CT scan to examine the abdomen and pelvis area and to determine which of the donor’s kidneys is best for donation.
    • A Pap smear exam and mammogram for women over the age of 40 to evaluate any presence of malignancy.
    • A PSA for all men over the age of 50 to evaluate the prostate.