Before our transplant team can determine if you can be a living kidney donor, you will need to have a series of medical tests and exams. We need to make sure you are healthy enough to handle major surgery and live the rest of your life with only one kidney.

Our transplant team needs to make sure you are not at risk of developing diabetes or high blood pressure in the future. These conditions might affect how well your kidneys work over time. 

What Tests Will I Need?

You will need many different tests. Your evaluation will include a complete medical history, physical exam, series of laboratory and radiology tests, and any other testing you need for medical clearance.

We will also compare your blood and tissue type against the blood and tissue types of kidney recipients who are on the transplant waiting list.

The tests and exams you will need include:

  • A regular physical.
  • A general health history that includes your family and social history.
  • Urine tests to assess your overall health. These tests help determine how well your kidneys function.
  • Blood tests tell us your blood type. You do not have to have the same blood type as your donor, but your blood type must be compatible.
  • Blood tests also make sure you do not have certain infections like HIV or hepatitis that can be transferred to the recipient.
  • A different blood test called tissue typing makes sure that certain proteins inside your blood (called antigens) are compatible with your recipient's antigens.
  • Testing to screen for cancer.
  • An evaluation by our transplant social worker. The social worker wants to be sure you are emotionally prepared for donor surgery. This evaluation is also called a psychosocial evaluation.
  • A chest x-ray to check for lung or heart problems.
  • An electrocardiogram (EKG). An EKG is a painless test that shows if the electrical activity in your heart is normal. To get an EKG, doctors will place several patches with electrodes on your chest.
  • A complete medical exam by a nephrologist—or kidney doctor. Nephrologists specialize in kidney problems.
  • A CT scan of your kidneys. The transplant surgeon needs to make sure you have two healthy kidneys. This scan helps us determine which kidney would be best to remove.
  • A blood pressure test. You will need to have your blood pressure checked two separate times before coming to our clinic. If your blood pressure is high on these occassions or when we test it in the clinic, you may need to wear a blood pressure monitor for 24 hours at home to make sure your blood pressure is normal.
  • An exam with our transplant surgeon to make sure you are a safe candidate for donation.

How Long Will Evaluation Take?

Depending on your schedule and your test results, it may take several weeks to finish all the required tests and exams. 

If our transplant team find any potential health problems, you may need additional tests or exams. For example, if our doctors suspect you have a heart problem, you may need more tests to determine if your heart is healthy enough to handle donor surgery.

Who Will Evaluate Me?

Our living kidney donor specialist team includes:

  • a transplant surgeon,
  • a nephrologist (kidney doctor),
  • a nurse coordinator,
  • a social worker,
  • a dietician,
  • a pharmacist,
  • and an Independent Living Donor Advocate (ILDA).

Confidentiality

All of your test results for living kidney donation evaluation are strictly confidential. Test results will only be shared with you and the transplant team. 

Any information in the evaluation is subject to the same regulations as medical records.

If you find out you have an infectious disease or illness that would affect your recipient's health, this information may be disclosed to local, state, or federal public health authorities. This information may also be disclosed to the recipient's transplant center and the Organ and Transplantation Network (OPTN).

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Paul J. Campsen, MD

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Paul Jeffery Campsen, MD, FACS, FAST is the Surgical Director of Pancreas Transplantation, Adult and Pediatric Kidney Transplantation, and Living Donor Kidney Transplantation at the University of Utah.   He also specializes in Autotransplantation of the kidney for chronic kidney pain and loin pain hematuria syndrome.  He practices at the University... Read More

Robin D. Kim, MD

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Dr. Kim received his Bachelor of Arts from The Johns Hopkins University and his Doctor of Medicine from Jefferson Medical College. He completed his residency in General Surgery at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine which included a two-year research fellowship in liver regeneration and cancer. Following his residency, Dr. Kim went ... Read More

Specialties:

Kidney Transplant, Liver Cancer, Liver Disease, Liver Transplant, Liver, Biliary, & Pancreas Surgery, Living Kidney Donor Transplant, Living Liver Donor Transplant, Pancreas Transplant, Transplant Surgery

Locations:

Huntsman Cancer Hospital 801-585-6140
Primary Children's Hospital
Pediatric Gastroenterology
801-585-6140
University Hospital
Transplant Center
801-585-6320

University of Utah

University Hospital 50 N. Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
Map
(801) 585-3188