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Kidney Transplants

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 to Expect

Before the Transplant

Candidates for a kidney transplant will first undergo a thorough medical exam. Your case will then be shared with a team of specialists that selects the best option after reviewing your health and preferences.

If transplantation is the best option, you’ll be placed on a waiting list. The time you have already spent on dialysis will be factored into where on the list you are placed.

While you are waiting, our team will work with you to identify a living donor since this provides the best outcome. This may be someone in your family, a friend or your personal network. If you are unable to identify a living donor, you will remain on the waiting list until matched.

After the Transplant

The usual hospital stay is 5 to 7 days. Your transplant team will offer support and education such as how to prevent rejection and daily care after discharge. Your follow-up care will include anti-rejection therapy management and ongoing education.