Transplantation Can Be Life Changing
For patients with end-stage kidney disease, kidney transplant surgery can be lifesaving and life-changing.
The Kidney Transplant Team at Crozer-Keystone is one of the most experienced and highly skilled in the region, having cared for more than 1,000 kidney transplant patients.
And because many kidney transplant patients have collateral health issues, we take a multi-disciplinary team approach to caring for every patient. There are no “cookie-cutter solutions” here. From integrated support like comprehensive radiology, lab and pharmacy to market-leading core competencies involving diabetes, cardiac care, pulmonary care and bariatrics, Crozer-Keystone has the experience and capability you can count on.
For referral information or to request a consult with your physician, call the Kidney Transplant Team at 610-619-8420 or email email@example.com.
Choosing a Kidney Transplant Center
Choosing the right transplant center for you is a very important part of your transplant operation. And importantly, as a patient, you have the right to choose the transplant center you prefer.
The Transplant Process
Once you and your Physician have decided that transplantation is the best course of treatment for you, there are a series of steps you will follow.
Benefits and Risks of Kidney Transplantation
The primary benefit of kidney transplantation surgery is that transplantation eliminates the need for dialysis and helps patients enjoy a life filled with more freedom, energy and productivity.
The Transplant Evaluation
The evaluation to determine your candidacy involves not only understanding your physical health but also understanding the psychological issues that may impact your ability to successfully handle a transplant.
The List and the Wait
“The List” is the national Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network list of people needing donor organs.
The Living Donor Option
At your evaluation appointment, your Transplant Coordinator will discuss with you the option of a Living Donor.
Transplant Surgery and Recovery
Kidney Transplant Surgery is major surgery. Generally speaking, your surgery will be two to four hours long, although there are many factors that can affect the time required. You will be under general anesthesia.
How a Kidney Transplant Works
A transplant is when someone receives an organ from another person to replace a damaged or poorly functioning organ. In kidney transplantation, the new kidney is surgically implanted in your lower abdomen, just below your own kidneys, which are left in place unless there is a special reason to remove them.
A kidney transplant may be an option for you because a successful transplant would allow you to cease or avoid dialysis altogether. It’s important to note that kidney transplantation is a treatment option and will not necessarily cure the underlying cause of your kidney failure.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Kidney Transplantation
There are several factors to consider before you decide to pursue kidney transplantation.
- No longer need dialysis as long as kidney functions adequately
- Blood pressure is often easier to manage, but may still require medication
- Long-term follow-up care is less time-consuming than dialysis
- Fluid and dietary restrictions are usually no longer necessary
- May return to work
- Improved quality of life with expected increase in lifespan
- More cost-effective than dialysis
- Risks involved from general anesthesia as with any major operation
- Addition of immunosuppressive medication (and possible side effects) to your current medicines
- Need for continued care by a kidney specialist. Your kidney function and response to the medications must be medically managed for a healthy, long-term outcome.
- Transplantation is a treatment not a cure for the underlying cause of your kidney failure.
When you elect to become an organ donor, your generous, precious gift may save up to eight lives—and enhance many others through tissue donation.