Frequently Asked Questions: Kidney Transplant
Kidney Transplant FAQs
My doctor said I need a kidney transplant — what services are available at the North Shore-LIJ Health System?
Patients who are candidates for kidney transplantation and individuals considering living donation can now be evaluated at the North Shore-LIJ Health System.
Once the evaluation is completed the transplantation surgery is scheduled if a living donor is available. In case no living donors are available, patients will go on to the waiting list for receiving deceased donor kidney transplants.
- Anyone who is on dialysis for end stage kidney disease
- Anyone who has chronic kidney disease with less than 20% of normal kidney function
- Under special circumstances, patients with kidney diseases who have more than 20% kidney function may also be candidates for transplant evaluation
Though patients do not need a referral for transplant evaluation, you will be better informed if you discuss this option with your primary care provider. You or your primary care provider can also call our center and ask for more information.
You can call our center at (516) 472-8500 and ask for an appointment. You will need to provide basic medical information and your insurance information to expedite the process. You can also fax us at (516) 472-5805 with your contact information.
You will have your transplant evaluation at 1554 Northern Boulevard, First Floor, in Manhasset. Please schedule at least three to four hours for your evaluation appointment. Pre-transplant evaluations are done on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9am to 1pm. Other times may be available, so please call ahead.
You will meet with a transplant surgeon, transplant nephrologist, transplant coordinator, social worker, registered dietitian and financial coordinator. You will have a complete physical exam and blood tests will be done. Referrals will be provided for other tests you will need to have prior to your kidney transplant or listing.
You can be evaluated as a potential kidney donor at our Center. Your evaluation expenses are covered by the recipient’s insurance. You can contact us for further information and to schedule an appointment.
Through our network, we are able to provide easy, accessible and up-to-date care for organ transplant recipients in the out-patient and in-hospital settings. We also maintain close communication with other transplant centers and obtain all the basic information required to provide meaningful and optimal care for our transplant recipients.
You will not need to be on any medications following the donation other than the pain meds.Usually, donors only need this for a week or two after the surgery.
No, you can drink the same amount as you did before.
We generally suggest two to three weeks after surgery. This is something you can discuss with your surgeon at your follow up visit after surgery.
Yes. You can contact your human resources department for details. Your paperwork can be filled out by your surgeon.
The cost for this is covered 100% by the recipient's insurance.
Although you can not be paid for donating a kidney, there are programs that can help you with travel and hotel costs. Our financial coordinator will be more than happy to give you details.