Choosing a Transplant Center
Choosing where to have your transplant is an important decision. There are a number of factors which come into play when making this choice. For some, geographical and economical factors are important. Others weigh center success rates and facilities into their decision. As with any procedure of this magnitude, it’s important to get as much information as possible to help make an educated decision. Here are some things you take into account when making your choice.
- Experience of kidney transplant team and support personnel. The amount of experience a facility has with kidney transplants and the number of procedures they have done is an important consideration.
- Kidney transplant costs. There are a number of items which factor into this including pre-operative tests, the transplant itself and post-operative recovery. These figures can vary from facility to facility.
- Insurance coverage. Kidney transplantation is covered by the CMS system (Medicare). Many private insurance companies cover kidney transplants, but the benefits can vary greatly. Some insurance companies have agreements with certain transplant hospitals where they will pay more benefits. Additionally, policies vary between transplant centers on the type of insurance accepted.
- Location of the center and travel time. How long it will take you to get to the transplant center once an organ is located is a key consideration in the organ distribution process.
- Pre- and post-transplant services. You will have many special needs (both physical and emotional) before and after the transplant. How prepared and capable is the facility in handling these needs?
- Cultural diversity. Are language translators available or accessible if needed?
- Friends and family support. After the transplant there are a number of activities where friends and family can/need to provide assistance. Will you have access to these people to help with your post-operative care?
Information about Kidney Transplant Centers in the US.
There are over 270 transplant centers currently operating within the United States. All of them are members of the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) network, and each works with organ procurement organizations (OPOs) to ensure fair and equitable allocation of organs. Each center is unique. The transplant services offered, costs for those services, insurance coverage, survival rates and other factors vary from center to center.
To help provide some basic information about each of the facilities, we have compiled data from the participating kidney transplant centers based on some common statistics. This information was gathered from several sources including: United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS): Organ Procurement and Transplant Network (OPTN) and The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients. (SRTR).
The information compiled from each center includes:
- Name, Website, Phone Number of Center
- Waiting List Time (in months)
- Number of People on Waiting List
- Number of Kidney Transplants Performed Last Year
- Number of Deceased Donation Transplants Last Year
- Number of Live Donation Transplants Last Year
- Total Number of Transplants to Date
- Total Number of Deceased Donation Transplants to Date
- Total Number of Live Donation Transplants to Date
- One Year Patient Survival Rate
- Three Year Patient Survival
- One Year Graft (Kidney) Survival
- Three Year Graft (Kidney) Survival