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Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Procedure Options

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Einstein’s team specializes in cutting-edge video-assisted and minimally-invasive kidney transplant techniques to best serve our patients.

Living Kidney Donor Transplant

The most popular kidney transplant option is a living kidney donor. Receiving a donor kidney from a relative, friend or even acquaintance eliminates the wait for a suitable organ. Donating an organ is truly giving the gift of life and living donors are remarkable people who have made an incredible sacrifice for transplant patients.

Living kidney donors must be deemed medically and physiologically suitable to donate to a patient in need of a transplant.

Deceased Kidney Donor Transplant

Patients on the kidney transplant waiting list are eligible for organs from deceased organ donors, who selflessly decided to give someone else the gift of life. Wait time for a deceased donor kidney usually takes between four and six years.

Day of Surgery

Einstein's clinical coordinator will call you immediately when a suitable kidney is available and allocated to you. You will be instructed to travel to the designated Einstein location right away and begin preparing for surgery. Typically, a kidney transplant procedure will take between two-and-a-half to four hours, depending on prior surgical history and your present medical condition. Kidney transplant recipients should expect to remain in post-operative care for at least five days after surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions

A kidney transplant is major surgery and is usually considered for those for whom dialysis and other treatments are not options. The process is complex, and not everyone will be eligible. If you are deemed eligible for a kidney transplant, a suitable donor will need to be found. Following the surgery, you will need to follow a strict medication and health regimen for the rest of your life.

Most people who lose a kidney or donate a kidney for a transplant can live a long healthy life. In some cases, there may be a loss of kidney function after 25 years and a higher-than-average risk of high blood pressure.

While kidney transplants’ success rates can vary, 95 percent or more survive the surgery and live at least three years, and as many as 90 percent will live ten years or more.

The average life expectancy after a kidney transplant can range from eight to 20 years. Some people may require multiple transplants in their lifetime.

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