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Receiving a transplant can mean a new lease on life. That’s why patients come from all over the region and beyond to Indiana University Health Transplant for highly skilled surgeons and state-of-the-art operating facilities.
From careful pre-transplant assessment to post-surgical monitoring, IU Health Transplant provides specialized clinical expertise in all related transplant services, offering:
- The most comprehensive center of its kind in the region and one of the top ten transplant centers by volume in the United States.
- The combined clinical expertise, research and teaching excellence of experienced physicians at IU Health Methodist Hospital, IU Health University Hospital and Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health
- One of only a few health systems certified by Medicare to perform major organ transplant, including liver, kidney, pancreas, intestinal and multivisceral, heart and lung transplant.
Our team members are dedicated to arranging organs our patients need, contributing to shorter wait times and overall better outcomes. Together with the Indiana University School of Medicine, we provide unparalleled experience in transplant research and innovation. As the largest, most comprehensive center of its kind in the region, IU Health Transplant is changing lives, one miracle at a time.
The IU Health Transplant team offers individualized, ongoing care to patients, before and after transplant. We are one of the largest centers in the world to transplant organs of the abdomen, heart and lung, including the highly specialized multivisceral transplant, which involves transplanting some or all abdominal organs.
Our transplant center is one of only a few health systems certified by Medicare to perform all solid organ transplants. Select a service below to learn more.
As one of the only transplant centers in the U.S. performing intestine and multivisceral transplants, we are committed to successful transplant outcomes delivered with extraordinary patient care.
IU Health Transplant has unparalleled experience with both routine and complicated cases, including:
- Intestinal atresia
- Mid-gut volvulus
- Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC)
- Hirschsprung’s disease
- Mesenteric thrombosis
- IBD/Crohn’s disease
- Gardner’s syndrome
- Neuroendocrine and Desmoid tumors
In 2011, IU Health Transplant ranked number one by volume for intestine/multivisceral transplants. In addition, our one-year patient survival rate is well above the national average.
The experienced transplant team at IU Health performs more pancreas transplants than any other hospital in the country. Our surgeons are proficient at handling transplant cases across the spectrum, particularly those presenting the most complex medical and surgical challenges, including vascular disease re-transplant.
Pancreas transplantation is an important option for patients exhibiting type 1 diabetes with poorly controlled glucose levels and existing or impending end-stage renal disease. Our patients wait approximately 2.4 months for a donor pancreas, a fact that contributes to superior outcomes, consistently ranked above the national average.
With one of the highest transplantation rates in the U.S., the IU Health Transplant team has established itself as a premier liver transplant provider since performing its first liver transplant in 1988. Today, more than 90 percent of our listed patients receive a transplant, making us the highest volume provider in a five-state region.
We provide a full spectrum of liver disease and transplant services for adults and children with acute or chronic liver failure, primary liver malignancies and metabolic or genetic disorders, including:
- Alcoholic cirrhosis
- Biliary cirrhosis
- Cryptogenic cirrhosis
- Hepatitis C
- Hepatomas (selected cases)
- Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)
- Primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC)
Our surgeons are committed to finding viable donor livers for patients, resulting in shorter wait list times and providing patients with grafts earlier in the disease process. In addition, advanced surgical techniques translate into faster recovery times and longer, healthier lives.
The IU Health Transplant team is committed to finding each patient a viable donor. Transplant surgeons personally review each potential donor, resulting in shorter wait times for our patients and even more importantly, a better match.
Nationally ranked in the U.S. based on volume, our unparalleled experience comes from performing an average of 225 kidney transplants each year. We specialize in transplants for elderly and high-risk kidney patients and our kidney desensitization program is one of only a few steroid-free programs in the U.S., enabling us to perform kidney transplants for patients who were once considered ineligible. Our expertise in the care of both living and deceased donors, and transplant recipients, ensures the best possible outcome.
IU Health surgeons perform a high volume of lung transplants, giving them the expertise to deliver individualized and comprehensive care to each and every patient. Our team of pulmonary specialists work together to provide a continuum of care that begins with shorter wait times for critical lung transplant cases. This commitment to our patients’ well-being extends to their postoperative needs and includes pulmonary rehabilitation and ongoing transplant clinic visits following surgery.
Treatment is indicated for patients suffering from end-stage lung disease due to any of the following lung conditions:
- Interstitial lung disease (idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, inflammatory, collagen vascular, occupational)
- Emphysema/COPD (including alpha-one antitrypsin deficiency)
- Cystic fibrosis
- Pulmonary arterial hypertension
As one of the few hospitals in Indiana to qualify under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to perform Lung Volume Reduction Surgery (LVRS), we’re helping patients with severe emphysema to breathe more easily.
Since 1982, the team at IU Health Transplant has been performing heart transplant surgeries. Partnering with IU Health Cardiovascular, we provide coordinated, comprehensive care beginning and ending with our patients’ needs in mind. From our dedicated, full-service transplant center, to our heart failure program, Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) program, and heart transplant rounding service, our specialists strive to provide exceptional care and the best possible outcomes.
Situations where heart transplant may be indicated include:
- Coronary Artery Disease
- Valvular Heart Disease
- Congenital Heart Disease
- Retransplant for graft failure
The highly skilled pediatric transplant team at IU Health provides comprehensive, specialized care for children needing heart, intestine, multivisceral, liver and kidney transplants. IU Health physicians are committed to providing comforting, personable care to patients and their families throughout the entire process. Furthermore, specially trained coordinators and nurses ensure compassionate, quality care is provided during all aspects of treatment. If your child is believed to be a suitable candidate for a transplant, our dedicated care team will work with you and your family to determine the risks and benefits associated with the surgery.
New discoveries, through research and innovation, become even more important when someone is on a transplant list. At IU Health Transplant, patient outcomes are the measure of our success.
The IU Health Transplant team has successfully pioneered many procedures that we and other medical providers across the country use today. Some of our milestones include:
- First isolated intestine transplant in Indiana (2003)
- First to perform a pancreas transplant and a simultaneous kidney/pancreas transplant in Indiana
- First in the world to perform a simultaneous liver/pancreas transplant
Together with the Indiana University School of Medicine, IU Health Transplant physicians are at the forefront of highly advanced research and innovations to foster new discoveries and a brighter future.
Kidney Transplant Innovation
Our team is continually advancing kidney transplant procedures. We pioneered the use of laparoscopic donor nephrectomy to ease the procedure for living kidney donors. Our team was the first to perform a simultaneous kidney/pancreas transplant in Indiana, and we further innovated this procedure by developing a technique to place both organs on the right side only. This allows for a less invasive surgery and preserves the vessels on one side if a future transplant is needed.
Lung Transplant Innovation
Indiana’s first single lung transplant in 1989 was performed by the Transplant team at IU Health. In two short years, we performed the state’s first bilateral sequential lung transplant. It is our continual advancements in transplant and commitment to our patients that placed our IU Health Transplant team among the first five Center of Excellence chosen for Medicare approval for lung and heart/lung transplantations.
With over 100,000 people waiting for an organ, the single biggest problem associated with solid organ transplantation is the shortage of suitable organs. IU Health Transplant is one of only a few centers doing xenotransplant research in hope of one day offering those awaiting liver transplant a bridge to transplant until a suitable organ is available.
We maintain one of the largest detailed databases tracking patients' pre-transplant health and the organs' health markers, enabling us to mach the right organs to the right individuals.
At IU Health Transplant, our primary goal is to help patients heal. Our experienced multidisciplinary team includes medical and surgical directors, world-renowned transplant physicians and highly skilled nurses, technicians and staff. Throughout the transplant experience, our comprehensive care team is here to help our patients get back to their lives.
If you or someone you know is seeking organ transplant, find out more about becoming an IU Health Transplant patient and the organ transplant process.
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