Ask your doctor if a kidney transplant might be an option for you. If your doctor thinks you are a candidate for transplant, he or she will refer you to a transplant center in your area. At the transplant center, you will go through an evaluation process to find out if having a kidney transplant is a safe treatment for you. It may take weeks or even months for you to have all of the necessary tests and exams during the evaluation process. You will have to visit the transplant center many times for these appointments. If the transplant team thinks that you are ready for a kidney transplant, but you do not have a family member or other person who could be a living donor, you will be added to the waiting list for a kidney from a deceased donor.