Waiting For Your Transplant
Wait times for transplants vary. Not everyone who needs a transplant will get one. Because of the shortage of organs that are suitable for donation, only slightly more than 50% of people on the waiting list will receive an organ within five years.
After your evaluation, it's important to prepare for your transplant while you are waiting. Work closely with your transplant team. Keep all scheduled appointments. Build a solid support system of family, friends, clergy, and medical professionals. Let people know what's going on in your life. They can be a tremendous source of support and information. Taking these steps puts you in control.
To help yourself prepare, address the following areas:
United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is committed to providing accurate and reliable information for transplant patients. The content on this page was originally created on February 25, 2005 by UNOS and last modified on December 28, 2011. The following sources were used as references:
United Network for Organ Sharing. (2011). What Every Patient Needs to Know [Booklet]. Richmond, VA: United Network for Organ Sharing.
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