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New Patient Education Class and Evaluation Session

In most cases, you must be referred to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Transplantation Surgery by your nephrologist, endocrinologist, or another doctor.

Once you have been referred to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Transplantation Surgery, your first step is to attend our Education Class and Evaluation Session.

You can attend one of our Education Class and Evaluation Sessions whether or not you are a transplant candidate. Each class, presented by members of our team and about an hour and a half in length, provides valuable information about the many aspects of transplantation.

Please call our office for more information and scheduled class times.

Evaluation day

Everyone seeking a kidney transplant participates in a thorough evaluation to determine if they are a good candidate for a transplant. This evaluation helps us decide if you can be placed on the list for transplantation surgery. Evaluation day lasts about five hours, including the Education Class, and includes:

  1. Medical clearance. We want to make sure you do not have additional medical problems that would make transplantation unsafe.
  2. Surgical clearance
  3. Nutrition evaluation
  4. Social work evaluation
  5. Financial counseling: How much will this cost?
  6. Medication review by a transplant pharmacist
  7. Meeting with the pre-transplant coordinator

Once you have been approved for transplantation surgery, you may not need to return to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) until a donor organ is available.

Use MyD-H to communicate with our team

We strongly encourage all of our patients to have a MyD-H account.

If you are a new patient, you will be asked to fill out an informational questionnaire before your first visit. This questionnaire is available to you in your MyD-H account. Once you complete the questionnaire, our transplant coordinators are able to review your information prior to your Education Class and Evaluation Session. Completing this questionnaire will help expedite and simplify the new patient orientation process.

If you are unable to use MyD-H, you may request a printed version of the questionnaire from your dialysis unit.

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