Transplant Options

Going through the organ transplant process is complicated, but life changing. As a transplant patient with Banner Health, every aspect of your life is considered when advising you about treatments. That means your care is individualized to your life goals, occupation, lifestyle, social and financial situation, every step of the way. This includes consideration of your caregivers and their needs.

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Blood and marrow transplantation (BMT), also known as hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, is often an effective treatment for cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma and other blood disorders.

BMT allows for the safe use of very high doses of chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy in patients whose cancer cells have developed resistance to standard doses of chemotherapy. For many patients with blood-related cancers and solid tumors, BMT is the only available cure.

Transplant options include autologous (meaning your own cells) and allogeneic (meaning donor cells). The needed stem cells can come from bone marrow, blood or umbilical cord blood. If a matched related or unrelated donor cannot be found, we offer haploidentical bone marrow transplantation using a half-matched, first-degree relative’s stem cells.

What is a Heart Transplant?

A heart transplant is when a donor heart replaces a failing heart. Transplants are usually performed after other approaches are exhausted, but for some, it’s the best option.

As our patient, you have the full attention of our team, including board-certified cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, transplant nurse coordinators, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, nutritionists, social workers and support staff.

What is a Mechanical Circulatory Support Device?

If your heart failure is not improving despite therapy – an implantable mechanical circulatory support device helps circulate the blood in the body. Some patients receive these devices while waiting for a heart transplant, but many receive them as a stand-alone therapy.

Ventricular Assist Devices

Often called heart pumps, ventricular assist devices (VADs) replace only one heart chamber, instead of the entire organ, and pump blood from the main pumping chamber of your heart (left ventricle) through the body.

Total Artificial Heart

When multiple chambers of the heart muscle are failing, it is sometimes best to replace the entire heart with a pump, called the total artificial heart.

What is a Kidney Transplant?

No matter your age or condition, if you suffer from a worsening, chronic kidney disease – which can lead to kidney failure – you are a potential candidate for a kidney transplant.

Our multidisciplinary team includes transplant surgeons, nephrologists, pathologists, radiologists, urologists, gastroenterologists, pharmacists, social workers, transplant nurse coordinators, dietitians and tissue-typing specialists.

Living Donor

While kidneys can be transplanted from a deceased donor, a kidney from a living donor offers many advantages, including shorter wait time and less chance for rejection.

Kidney donors must be at least 18 years old and are usually under the age of 60. However, donors up to age 65 may be considered. The donor must be physically and emotionally healthy.

Paired kidney donation is another option. In paired donation, the donor and recipient are matched with another incompatible living donor/recipient pair and the kidneys are exchanged between the pairs.

What is a Liver Transplant?

If you have a liver disease or liver cancer, you may be a candidate for a liver transplant. It’s important to begin the evaluation process before additional health complications arise, as these can impact your eligibility to have a transplant.

If you are identified as a candidate, your transplant team will provide you and your family personalized education, care and resources before and after your transplant.

With comprehensive programs in the treatment of liver disease (hepatology), liver surgery (hepatobiliary) and transplantation, we offer a wide range of services and therapies, including options for complex patients.

Your care will be customized to your unique needs and will include a multidisciplinary team of transplant surgeons, hepatologists (liver specialists), gastroenterologists (digestive system specialists), transplant nurse coordinators, anesthesiologists, radiologists, critical care specialists, psychiatrists, nutritionists and social workers and financial services staff.

There are many diseases which cause end stage lung disease and a transplant should be considered when you are no longer responding to the medical therapy being prescribed by your physician. Patients receiving lung transplants can be as young as 18 and as old as 65 depending on their disease process.

A lung transplant can be performed with 1 donor lung which is considered a single transplant or both donor lungs which is considered a double lung transplant.

What is a Pancreas Transplant?

If your body no longer makes insulin because of your diabetes a pancreas transplant may return you to a healthier life.

After a transplant, insulin is no longer needed to have good control of your blood sugar. Most commonly this occurs with Type 1 diabetes, but it can also occur from severe pancreatitis or other diseases of the pancreas.

As a patient in our program, your care is carefully coordinated by a team of transplant specialists, including endocrinologists (diabetes specialists), gastroenterologists (digestive system specialists), nephrologists (kidney specialists), transplant surgeons, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, nutritionists, social workers and support staff.

Since diabetes is the most common reason for kidney failure, many times both a pancreas and a kidney transplant are needed.

What is a Pancreas-Kidney Transplant?

If you have kidney failure and Type 1 diabetes and your body no longer makes insulin, you may qualify for a pancreas-kidney transplant.

Many people with Type 1 diabetes face the possibility of kidney failure. Pancreas-kidney transplant surgeries eliminate the patient’s need for daily insulin injections.

Your medical team will include transplant surgeons, nephrologists (kidney specialists), nurse practitioners, transplant nurse coordinators, social workers, nutritionists, financial counselors and pharmacists.

Simultaneous Pancreas and Kidney Transplant (SPK)

This option is for patients needing a pancreas and a kidney – many times from diabetes-related complications – and the 2 organs are transplanted at the same time.

Pancreas After Kidney Transplant (PAK)

This is an option for diabetics on insulin in need of a new pancreas who have had a kidney transplant and are doing well off dialysis.

Pancreas Transplant Alone (PTA)

This is an option for diabetics with good kidney function, but difficult-to-control blood sugar. Patients who had their pancreas removed due to chronic pancreatitis and have difficulty controlling their blood sugar can also benefit.

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