Questions for the Transplant Team

You will have a lot of questions as you go through the transplant process, and your transplant team is ready to answer them.

Here are some sample questions that can prompt a conversation. Print out this page, or write down your questions before your appointment.

During your evaluation and appointments, you'll have a lot of questions, and we'll need a lot of information from you. Because of this, we require that you bring a care partner with you — a friend or family member who will help support you and ensure that we answer all of your questions.

The Evaluation Process 

  • How can I prepare for my evaluation?
  • Can you walk me through what happens during an evaluation?
  • Is there anything I should bring?
  • Does my evaluation affect whether or not I’m on the list?
  • How long does the evaluation take?
  • Will my evaluation be one visit or multiple visits?

About the Transplant Process

  • Who will explain the transplant process to me and my family?
  • Can I tour the transplant center?
  • What other options do I have besides transplant?
  • What are the risks of transplant?
  • What are the benefits of transplant?
  • How long will I have to wait for an organ?
  • Can I get on wait lists at other hospitals?

Questions About UVA

  • What are the transplant success rates at UVA?
  • For how many years has UVA been doing transplants?
  • How many transplants do you perform at this hospital each year?
  • Who are the members of the transplant team and what are their jobs?
  • How many surgeons are available to do my type of transplant?
  • How close to your hospital do I need to live if I am on the waiting list?

Preparing for My Transplant

  • What can I do to prepare for the call that an organ is ready?
  • Is there anything special I need to do, or any additional medications I must take in order to prepare for my transplant?
  • If I’m called, how soon do I have to be at the hospital?
  • Is there a special transplant unit where I’ll recover after my procedure?
  • Will my transplant team contact my local healthcare providers?

After the Transplant

  • How long will I need to stay in the hospital?
  • Will you ask me to participate in research studies?
  • Do I need to stay close to the hospital after my transplant? If so, for how long?
  • What is the usual immunosuppressive treatment?
  • What kind of follow-up exams are involved?
  • How frequently will I have to follow up?
  • If I have complications, do I have to return to the hospital where I had the transplant?
  • What medications will I take after I leave the hospital?