Since 1984, we have performed over 1,300 kidney and kidney-pancreas transplants. In fact, Louisiana’s first kidney and kidney-pancreas transplants were performed at Ochsner. Both solitary pancreas and combined kidney-pancreas transplantation services are offered at Ochsner.
And whenever possible, the portal venous-enteric drainage technique of pancreas transplantation is employed. Our Kidney and Kidney-Pancreas Transplant Team is dedicated to working with patients, their families and referring physicians to deliver the highest quality of care available anywhere. Comprehensive pre-transplant evaluations are performed at our Main Campus in New Orleans or, if preferred, evaluations can be performed in collaboration with referring physicians.
After the initial evaluation, recommendations regarding candidacy for transplantation are determined by a multi-disciplinary committee and given to the patient and referring physician. Transplant candidates are then placed on a national register to await the availability of a cadaveric organ.
The Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA) facilitates the recovery of donor organs and is one of the most effective organ procurement organizations in the country. Living donations are encouraged for patients seeking kidney transplantation. Pre- and post-transplant care is provided at Ochsner on a floor dedicated solely to the care of transplant patients. It’s one of the many ways we work hard to lessen the stresses of transplantation.
We not only deliver excellent medical care to our transplant patients, but also address the emotional, financial, and practical support issues so often faced by transplant patients and their families. Ochsner is a Medicare-approved transplant center for kidney and kidney-pancreas transplantation, as well as a Center of Excellence for many insurers.
For information on how to become an organ donor: LOPA