The Banner Good Samaritan Transplant Center performed Arizona’s first kidney transplant more than 40 years ago in 1969.
We continue to be one of the busiest transplant centers in the country and have transplanted more than 3,200 kidneys to our patients.
In 2011, Banner Good Samaritan was ranked as the number-one kidney transplant center in the United States in a study funded by the National Institutes for Health for a web-based service, called Konnectology. In the study, all 246 kidney transplant centers in the United States were assessed using publicly reported data from the transplant centers and Medicare.
Our team includes transplant surgeons, nephrologists (physicians specializing in kidney disease), nurse practitioners, transplant nurse coordinators, social workers, nutritionists, financial counselors and pharmacists. We are dedicated to providing the best care available to patients suffering from end-stage renal disease and who require a kidney transplant.
Our team evaluates each potential recipient so that we may gain a clear picture of the patient’s overall health and to determine if a transplant is in the patient's best interest. The outpatient evaluation generally takes two or three days and results are reviewed by the kidney transplant team. A decision is made regarding the patient’s candidacy, based on criteria determined by Banner Good Samaritan's Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Selection Committee.
If accepted for transplantation, the patient is listed with the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), the national computerized waiting list that matches transplanted recipients with available organs.
Patients are prioritized on the waiting list based on waiting time, compatibility between donor and recipient blood types and HLA testing. The average wait time in Arizona is three to five years. During this time, patients and families are encouraged to take advantage of resources such as including transplant education and support groups..
There are two sources for donated kidneys:
- Deceased donors: Individuals who have had an accident or medical event where they have no chance of recovery.
- Kidney living donors: A live person who donates one of their kidneys.
When a donor has been identified, the kidney transplant patient is admitted to Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center for the transplant surgery.
In 2000, we began offering laparoscopic kidney removal for living donors, which is now the recommended surgical method. We have since performed more than 650 of these minimally invasive procedures.
What to Expect in the Hospital
The usual hospital stay is five to seven days. The transplant recipient is instructed and supported by a team of experienced staff members who provide education about the immuno-suppressive medications needed to prevent rejection, nutrition, coping strategies and daily care following discharge.
Transplant recipients will continue to be monitored at The Transplant Center clinic following discharge. This includes immunosuppressive therapy management and ongoing education on transplant care.
If you have any more questions regarding kidney transplants at Banner Good Samaritan Transplant Center, please contact us at (602) 839-7000 or toll-free at 1-(800) 554-1923; by fax at (602) 839-7050; or send us an email.