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Patient Education

Our team views each patient as part of the UCLA family. We care for each kidney transplant patient over your lifetime, a relationship that includes your family members and caregivers.

We work closely with you before, during and after transplant. Learn more about our approach to care.

UCLA and the United Network for Organ Sharing

To learn more about kidney transplant lists and the kidney transplant match process, the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) provides a toll-free patient services line to:

  • Help transplant candidates, recipients and family members understand organ allocation practices and transplantation data
  • Discuss problems you may experience with your transplant center or the transplantation system in general

    The toll-free number is 888-894-6361.

What to Know About Kidney Transplant Evaluation

Before you are listed for a kidney transplant, you will undergo an evaluation at UCLA.

Steps include:

  • Assessing psycholfogical and social issues involved in organ transplantation, such as stress, financial issues and family or other support.
  • Blood and diagnostic tests to assess overall health status and improve the chances of a good match.
  • Immunizations and other preparations to reduce the chance of infection.
  • Consideration of medical history and other information that could help determine your eligibility for a kidney transplant.

Learn more about kidney transplantation, or review our FAQs.

What to Do While Waiting for Your Kidney Transplant

Once patients become a transplant candidate, they go on the United Network for Organ Sharing list to await an available donor organ. Please keep in mind that:

  • During this waiting time, physicians will instruct you in how to maximize your health.
  • Donor organs are assigned to kidney recipients based on several characteristics, including blood type and the severity of their condition.
  • It is important to remain available at the contact information you have provided so that you can be notified immediately when a kidney is available.
  • Your physicians will advise you on how to prepare for the transplant.

If your child is awaiting kidney transplant, you may want to download and share the e-book "Organ Transplants: What Every Kid Needs to Know." [PDF]

Our team also offers patient education classes to help you prepare for the transplant, recovery and post-transplant life.

What to Expect Post-Transplant

After a kidney transplant, most patients remain in the hospital for about one week, although this time may extend to several weeks in more complicated cases.

We support patients after a kidney transplant, including plans for care at home, transportation to clinic visits and education about after-transplant care, including medications, clinic visit schedule and daily activities.

If you require local housing in the area during the time of transplant, your UCLA transplant coordinator and support team can help. Learn more about lodging and nearby services, including the UCLA Tiverton House.

Ongoing Connection to UCLA's Transplant Program

Patients often continue to receive follow-up care and monitoring from our physicians for years to come. Long after your procedure is completed, you will remain a member of the UCLA transplant family.


Adult Kidney Transplant Links and Downloads

Donate Lifepdf file download Living Kidney Donor Intake | Formulatio de Inscripción Para Donante Vivo de Riñón (Español)

pdf file download Transplant History

pdf file download Transplant Process

pdf file download Waiting for Your Transplant

pdf file download Nutrition Before Transplantation

pdf file download Staying fit with Kidney Disease

pdf file download Hepatitis and HIV and Kidney Transplant

pdf file download Taking Care of Your New Kidney

pdf file download Social Work Role

pdf file download Social Work Checklist

pdf file download Hotels in the UCLA Area

pdf file download Additional Resources


Adult Kidney/Pancreas Transplant

pdf file download Patient Education for Kidney / Pancreas Transplantation


Miscellaneous Publications

pdf file download What every patient needs to know

pdf file download Partnering with your Transplant team: The Patient Guide to Transplantation

pdf file download Q&A about a Change in Kidney Allocation Policy

pdf file download Q&A for Transplant Candidates and Families about Multiple Listings and Wait Time Transfer

pdf file download MEDICARE COVERAGE of Kidney Dialysis and Kidney Transplant Services (Medicare)


The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) provides a toll-free patient services lines to help transplant candidates, recipients, and family members understand organ allocation practices and transplantation data. You may also call this number to discuss problems you may be experiencing with your transplant center or the transplantation system in general. The toll-free patient services line number is 1-888-894-6361.

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