Kidney transplants in the COVID-19 era

For many patients on the waiting list for a kidney transplant, getting a notification that a kidney is available is a dream come true, and a chance to live free from the taxing dialysis routine that’s ruled their lives. But what do you do when your perfect match is found in the age of COVID-19? Should you have the transplant? Or lose the opportunity, and wait until vaccines are available?

We believe that patients critically in need of a kidney transplant should forge ahead with their surgery. At UofL Health – Trager Transplant Center, we have spent a great deal of time evaluating risk, looking at recommendations from our national health authorities, and stepping up our infectious disease protocols. And we believe we can continue to offer kidney transplants safely and effectively to patients, even in these unusual circumstances.

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