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Transplant Hospitals Refuse Patients

Updated: Feb 7, 2023

Transplant candidates must find a transplant hospital that will accept them as their patient.

There are two ways to receive a kidney transplant and that’s through a living donor or deceased donor. Today we’re going to discuss the process of kidney transplants through living donors.

First Things First

The first thing many people may not realize is that the transplant hospital decides which patient they want to perform the surgery on based on their own criteria and medical judgment.

You can have donors lined up all day, and you may even think they are a perfect match, but the first step is for a transplant hospital to decide if they will accept you as a patient. Only after they accept you will they consider your donors.

Transplant Hospitals Refuse Transplants

There is a possibility that a transplant hospital could reject you and say that you are unfit for a transplant. Reasons could include pre-existing conditions.

There is also a possibility that a transplant hospital could accept you after meeting certain conditions. For example, if your BMI is too high, they may ask you to lower it. If you are depressed, they may require you to seek therapy to manage it.

Whatever the case may be, it’s important to understand that transplant hospitals are trying to create successful outcomes for their patients.

You Have Options

Please remember that there are several transplant hospitals. If one rejects you, there are others. But wherever you go, you must be prepared to travel to that location and arrive within a moment's notice if you get the call that you have a match. Post-op, you may have to stay in the vicinity of the transplant center for eight weeks with a caretaker.

Always keep in mind that if you are far away from your transplant hospital, they could reject you as a kidney from a deceased donor can not survive for long periods of time outside of a body.

Organ Donation

If you’re thinking of becoming an organ donor or awaiting a transplant, contact your doctor or transplant program to determine if you are eligible to receive or donate an organ.

For more information about organ donation, visit Donate Life.


This page contains general medical information. Medical knowledge and practice can change rapidly. Therefore, this page should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice.

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