Transplant 101: Preparing for Your Journey

Fri, Mar 31, 2017
11:00am to 12:00pm ET


You need an organ transplant. Now what? This webinar features Mayo Clinic transplant experts David Douglas, M.D., chair of the Transplant Center at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Phoenix, Ariz., and Beverly Hansen, M.S.W., L.M.S.W., providing their best tips for navigating the journey to transplantation. This one hour session empowers patients to feel confident in their care decisions and transplant preparedness, from choosing a transplant center to setting up for a successful recovery.

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For a kidney transplant, at what GFR will you perform the transplant surgery? (I.e. If it has been below 20 but fluctuated back up to to 21, will you proceed with the transplant?)

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Thanks for the question and I’m sorry we weren’t able to answer it during the webinar. We consulted with Dr. Douglas who shared this information:

Our kidney transplant team would be happy to consult with you on timing of a pre-emptive kidney transplant from a living donor when the GFR drops below 25, but would not usually proceed with the actual transplant until the GFR is below 20. Having a GFR of 20 or below is usually when a potential recipient would be listed on the deceased donor waiting list as well.

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