Patients with advanced kidney disease who do not respond to medical and surgical therapies may be eligible for a kidney transplant. Patients who are candidates are evaluated and undergo a full battery of tests to ensure the benefits of a kidney transplant outweigh the risks.
Patients who qualify receive comprehensive care, from pretransplant monitoring to postsurgical care, from a multidisciplinary care team. In addition to preparing patients and their families for the physical and emotional issues associated with a kidney transplant, the team also focuses on educating patients on how to have a successful outcome.
Thanks to advanced surgical techniques and improved medications that help prevent infection and rejection, the transplant team has been successful in exceeding national survival rate averages and improving long-term outcomes and overall quality of life for kidney transplant patients. As of July 31, 2015, the transplant team has performed 240 kidney transplants. More than half of those surgeries involved living donors.
The kidney transplant team includes
- Kidney transplant surgeon
- Social workers
- Transplant coordinators