Thanks to advanced surgical techniques and improved medications that help prevent infection and rejection, organ transplants are becoming an effective way to treat heart and kidney disease. By adhering to a strict multidisciplinary approach to the transplant process, the LMG and Lutheran Hospital transplant team has been successful in exceeding national survival rate averages and improving long-term outcomes and overall quality of life for heart and kidney transplant patients throughout the region. The Lutheran Hospital heart and kidney transplant programs are the only ones of their kind in northern Indiana.
Lutheran Hospital’s heart transplant team has performed 283 (as of February 2013) hearts transplants since its inception in 1985. The kidney transplant program, which was established in 2007, has touched the lives of 159 (as of February 2013) patients who were living with end-stage renal disease. More than half of these kidney transplants involved living donors.