Kidney

Nationally ranked in the U.S. based on volume, Indiana University Health Transplant performs an average of 250 kidney transplants per year. Our skill in handling both living and deceased donors allows more patients to receive the treatment they need.

Highlights:

  • Expertise in transplants for elderly and high-risk kidney patients
  • Kidney desensitization program is one of only a few steroid-free programs in the U.S. This enables us to perform kidney transplants for patients who were once considered ineligible.
  • Pulsatile machine—perfusion of donor kidneys to significantly improve the chance of a successful kidney transplant
  • Pioneered the use of laparoscopic donor nephrectomy to ease the procedure for living kidney donors
  • Developed an innovative pancreas/kidney transplant 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.

Personal Meetings
Our team goes the extra mile to offer kidney transplant education at the patient’s location. These informational meetings are given by the surgeons and physicians on our medical team. We understand dialysis center constraints, and will arrange an off-site meeting, at request. Learn more about our kidney transplant education offerings.

Living Kidney Donation
Donating a kidney can be a life changing experience for both patient and recipient. Patients who receive kidneys from a living donor have a much better long-term survival rate than kidneys from a deceased donor. We take great pride in educating about options to help patients and donors make a strong decision. Learn more about living kidney donation at IU Health Transplant.

Indications

Patients with existing or impending end-stage renal disease may be eligible for a kidney transplant. Symptoms of this disease include:

  • Urinary problems—Frequency, urgency, less than usual
  • Bleeding—Due to impaired clotting, from any site
  • Pain—In the muscles, joints, flanks, chest
  • Itching
  • Confusion
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Easy bruising
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Bone pain or fractures
  • Pale skin (from anemia)

Kidney failure has usually progressed fairly significantly once these symptoms occur and the patient may be in need of a transplant.

Kidney Transplant Outcomes 

For patients with end-stage renal disease, our commitment makes a difference. One of our best practices ensures your transplant surgeon personally reviews each potential donor for a viable match. The result is shorter patient wait times and excellent graft and survival outcomes.

In 2011, the IU Health Transplant program was responsible for more kidney transplants than most U.S. hospitals. In fact, IU Health Transplant ranked number nine in the U.S. by volume for kidney transplantation. Our surgeons are committed to finding appropriate donor kidneys for patients, often traveling across the country to evaluate an organ for transplant. This shortens our wait list times, providing patients with grafts earlier in the disease process and allowing for better kidney transplant outcomes.