Out-of-State Kidney Transplant Options for Residents of Rochester, NY
Kidney transplant candidates who are registered at Rochester, New York, transplant centers typically spend years waiting to be matched with an organ. As a result, many candidates register, not only at a local center, but also at another center where wait times are often shorter. The multiple listing process, which is approved by the United Network for Organ Sharing, allows candidates to be considered for more donor organs, which can potentially shorten the amount of time it takes to be matched with a kidney. When selecting kidney transplant centers to apply to, candidates are advised to consider:
- The average time to transplant at each center, which is published by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR). While most transplant centers in Rochester exceed the national time to transplant average, there are certain kidney transplant programs outside the area – such as Tampa General Hospital in Central Florida – that typically have a much shorter median time to transplant.
- Each transplant center’s policy regarding multiple listing. Although most programs accept multiple listed candidates, some do not. TGH welcomes referral forms for kidney transplant candidates who are already registered at other transplant centers.
- The travel and accommodations involved. To be accepted into a hospital’s transplant program, patients will need to complete a series of in-person lab tests and evaluations. If a patient is added to an out-of-state transplant center’s wait list and a suitable kidney is found, then he or she will need to take the next available flight (or make other similarly expedited travel arrangements) and plan to stay within driving distance of the center for several weeks after the transplant for follow-up care. And, while the center’s location is typically less important to candidates than wait times and survival outcomes, many transplant recipients find centers such as TGH appealing due to the warm, waterfront atmosphere in which they will recover from their transplant surgery.
For more information about how to join the waiting list at TGH, kidney transplant candidates from Rochester, NY, can call us toll free at 1-800-505-7769 (press 5 for the kidney transplant program, and ask for the referral coordinator), or call the coordinator directly at (813) 844-8686.