At UCHealth, we’ve helped thousands of patients start new, healthier lives through successful kidney and/or pancreas transplant
We do more transplants than any other program in the region, and our transplant volume is higher than national averages. Higher volume
translates into more experience with transplant
surgery and better outcomes for our patients.
Before you receive a kidney transplant, you’ll meet various members of the transplant medical team. You will then be given a list
of tests to complete that will help in
determining your current health status and complete your evaluation. After these tests are completed and reviewed, your case
will be presented to the Kidney Transplant
Selection Committee. They determine whether transplant surgery is safe for you. They also will discuss an optimal plan of care for you
Your transplant nurse coordinator will inform you of the committee’s decision and plan. Your coordinator will notify you if/when you
are placed on the active transplantation
waiting list or registry. Once you are on this list, be prepared to come to the hospital at any time of the day or night.
Kidney Transplant Wait List
The University of Colorado Hospital Transplant Program follows the United Network for Organ Sharing
(UNOS) system for prioritizing transplant
candidates. UNOS is a nationwide network supervised by the federal government to help ensure that all patients receive healthy organs as
soon as they become available. All transplant
centers in the United States belong to UNOS.
For this system to work, it relies on organ procurement organizations, called OPOs. OPOs match and distribute donated organs, 24 hours
a day, 365 days a year. The OPO in our region is
Donor Alliance (DA). DA is responsible for the coordination, retrieval, and distribution of
organs in Colorado and Wyoming.
In December 2014, a new Kidney Allocation System (KAS) was put into place. This goal of this system is to best match donor
kidneys with the most appropriate recipients.
Organs donated for transplantation in Colorado and Wyoming are offered first to patients on the UNOS list in these states. If there are
no suitable candidates for the organ, then it is
offered to patients located outside this area.
The average patient can expect to wait three to five years on the list before an organ becomes available.
Every patient on the waiting list may be randomly screened for drugs or alcohol at any time. The screening test may be done using a
blood or urine sample. Anyone who tests positive for
alcohol or illegal drugs may be removed from the waiting list.
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