So you’ve made the decision to get a kidney transplant. That’s the first step! There are many factors to consider when choosing where you want to have your kidney transplant. Some of them are more obvious than others. Here, you can find detailed information that will help both the recipient and donor make the best decision for both of you.
Private transplant center vs. research hospital – both have their pros and cons. Research hospitals are often on the cutting edge of research. They often have the latest technology available. Furthermore, you may qualify to participate in studies and be compensated for your time. On the other hand, you are in a teaching facility so you’ll often have to meet with student doctors, nurses, and other staff. This might mean you have to tell your story multiple times. That can be tiring.
Proximity – You may have a transplant center that’s close to your home. While this is certainly a big factor, it might not be the best choice for you. Do your research on all transplant centers within 3-4 hours’ drive time from your home. Often, insurance will compensate you for travel and lodging if you have to commute or stay overnight for your transplant appointments and procedure. It may be worth your time if you find that a transplant center suits your needs and wants more even though it may be farther away.
Consider your donor – Remember that your donor is doing this voluntarily. Try to make it as easy and convenient as possible for them. If they express preference for a certain transplant center, try to accommodate that.
Choosing a transplant center (National Kidney Foundation)