After the evaluation, eligible patients are placed on the UNOS transplant waiting list. Generally, a kidney from a deceased donor becomes available within two to three years unless a living donor is immediately available. The MUSC Transplant Center’s wait times for an available kidney are among the shortest in the nation.
UNOS has a pre-determined process for allocating kidneys from deceased donors to eligible transplant candidates. MUSC physicians do not decide who is next to receive a kidney from the transplant waiting list.