Treatment and Services

The Kidney Transplant Program at Temple University Hospital offers the most advanced transplant techniques for living-related, living non-related and cadaveric transplants.

Temple’s Kidney Transplant Program has an experienced, multidisciplinary team that is trained in all aspects of chronic renal failure and the unique care of transplant candidates and recipients. Our team works closely with the other specialists at Temple to effectively treat the most complex patients, including those with numerous co-morbidities.

Upon entering the program, patients undergo a comprehensive evaluation by all members of the kidney transplant team. Together with transplant nephrologists and surgeons, transplant coordinators work closely with patients and family members, beginning with the evaluation phase of care and continuing on after transplantation. A dedicated social worker, doctor of pharmacy and financial coordinator complete the team, providing education and care through all phases of transplantation. The full spectrum of kidney care is available around the clock at Temple to support patients during every phase of transplantation.

Many members of the program’s support team have been with Temple for years. This has created a genuinely warm, family-like atmosphere that provides patients with a superb continuity of care.

Although the majority of transplanted kidneys still come from cadaveric donors, the number of living donors continues to increase. Living donors are frequently related to the recipient, but the number of non-related donors also is on the rise.

One-, three- and five-year survival rates confirm that the best option for transplant recipients is to receive a kidney from a living donor. Statistics from the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) show that patients who receive a kidney from a living donor have a five-year survival rate of 80.2% compared to 69.3% from cadaveric donors.

Temple’s kidney transplant team makes every effort to find a living kidney donor for each transplant candidate. If a living donor is not a possibility, transplant candidates are matched with cadaveric donors through the national waiting list administered by UNOS.

For living donors, Temple surgeons offer robotic laparoscopic donor nephrectomy. This less-invasive surgical technique permits kidney donation with reduced hospital stay, more rapid recovery, less pain and resumption of full activity within a few weeks.

Following surgery, kidney recipients receive expert treatment suited specifically to their needs on a dedicated unit that specializes in state-of-the-art transplant care. Upon discharge, the transplant team provides patient education and postoperative follow-up, including monitoring of immunosuppression, grafted kidney function and medical complications.

In addition to ready access to specialists and the latest diagnostic and treatment tools, Temple’s kidney transplant team places great emphasis on regular communication with the patient’s family and specialty physicians throughout the transplant process.

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