Kidney and Kidney-Pancreas Transplants
In 1973, Ochsner performed our first kidney transplant surgery. More than 40 years and 2,500 kidney and kidney-pancreas transplants later, the surgery has become a routine procedure. What hasn’t become routine is the way Ochsner cares for each patient. Our team has created an environment of excellence where you are not just a name on a national register, but an individual with a life you can’t wait to get back to. Our reward is helping you succeed.
Ochsner offers patients a one-day work-up with pre-transplant consultations conveniently scheduled on the same day.
The Ochsner Multi-Organ Transplant Institute team is dedicated to working with patients, their families and referring physicians to deliver the highest quality of care.
Our nationally renowned team includes four transplant nephrologists, eight kidney transplant surgeons, advanced practice practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, dieticians, social workers and financial coordinators. One of the most important members of the team is the transplant clinical coordinator, who will be at your side throughout the process to any questions or concerns. The Ochsner team not only delivers excellent medical care to our transplant patients, but also addresses the emotional, financial and practical support issues so often faced by transplant patients and their families.
Kidney and Pancreas Transplants
Ochsner is home to one of the nation’s largest combined Kidney-Pancreas transplant programs. With this procedure, the surgeon places both a kidney and a pancreas into a patient with kidney failure related to diabetes. Both transplanted organs may come from one deceased donor, but it is possible for the kidney to come from a living donor and the pancreas from a deceased donor. After your kidney pancreas transplant, your new pancreas will produce insulin to control your diabetes and your new kidney will be able to filter and excrete wastes. That means dialysis will not be needed.
There for you before, during and after transplant surgery
Your journey to wellness will begin with a comprehensive evaluation before your transplant, performed at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans or in collaboration with your referring physician. Ochsner offers patients a one-day work-up with pre-transplant medical, psychosocial and financial consultations conveniently scheduled on the same day.
After the initial evaluation, recommendations regarding candidacy for transplantation are provided by a committee made up of a team representing many disciplines. Once approved, transplant candidates are then placed on a national register to wait for the availability of a cadaveric organ. If you have a living donor, your transplant may occur shortly after approval. After transplantation, we closely monitor all of our patients. Our commitment to you lasts long after you’re discharged from the hospital.
The Advantage of Having Your Transplant Surgery at Ochsner
- Kidney-pancreas transplant patients at Ochsner typically wait less than six months for a transplant. This is far less than the standard three years.
- Our survival rates are better than the national average.
- Our patients experience shorter hospital stays than national rates after their transplants.
- Ochsner is a Medicare-approved transplant program, and a Center of Excellence for many insurers.
- Ochsner is home to one of the nation’s largest combined Kidney-Pancreas transplant programs.
- The Ochsner transplant team participates in multi-center clinical trials and research. We’re always looking for new and better ways to improve outcomes and make transplants safer.
What Referring Physicians Need to Know
The Ochsner Multi-Organ Transplant Institute provides consistent follow-up information to all referring physicians via written correspondence. You’ll be kept abreast of initial clinic visits, surgery, hospital discharge and routine follow-up visits to the clinic. After surgery, our team continues to monitor for transplant-related complications and regulates maintenance immunosuppression.
To refer a patient for transplant, call our 24-hour Referral Hotline: 1-800-643-1635 or email referrals to: KidneyTransplant@Ochsner.org.