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Michael Moritz, MD, and his team are so experienced, they can successfully use kidneys other transplant programs can’t. This cuts the wait for a new kidney – which often is more than five years – almost in half. We’ve performed 1,000 transplants, and our transplant rates exceed the national norm. 

Our specialists provide kidney transplant, pancreas transplant, combined kidney-pancreas transplant and pancreas-after-kidney transplant using the latest technology and techniques. We ensure you have the highest level of care from your first appointment through your post-surgery treatment. As the region’s transplant center, our multidisciplinary team treats each patient as an individual and provides comprehensive physical and emotional care while patients wait for a suitable organ and following surgery. We offer a living donor program for friends and family wishing to donate a kidney. Patients receive extensive education and support, and surgeries are performed laparoscopically to shorten recovery time.

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Kidney transplant

If you or a loved one is suffering from end stage renal disease (ESRD) and have inquired about being placed on a kidney transplant list, you already are aware of the long waiting time – as long as two to three years. The number of cadaver organs available has remained the same, while the number of patients locally and nationally with ESRD continues to rise.

Thanks to the advances in antirejection medications, it’s now possible to receive kidneys not only from blood relatives, but also from unrelated individuals such as spouses or friends.

Any potential living donor at our program receives counseling on the potential risks and complications, and then undergoes a thorough evaluation to ensure there are no abnormalities that would increase the risk for surgery for either the donor or the recipient. Learn more about becoming a living donor.

We have the latest technologies available, including the ability to perform laparoscopic donor nephrectomy, a minimally invasive procedure to remove living donor kidneys using operating telescopes. Many living donors are eligible for laparoscopic kidney removal, offering a quicker recovery and less pain from surgery.

Living Donor Soiree

The Living Donor Soiree is a night of recognition for our kidney transplant donors and recipients. These living donors helped make each recipient number one on the list.

Pancreas transplant

In December 2002, the Transplant Center of the Lehigh Valley received final approval to perform pancreas transplants. In addition to kidney transplant, our program provides:

  • Combined kidney-pancreas transplant
  • Pancreas-after-kidney transplant
  • Pancreas transplant alone

Benefits of pancreas transplant

  • Pancreas transplant surgery cures diabetes, ending insulin dependence. It also can have a positive effect on the secondary complications of diabetes. Some of the improvements that may be experienced include a reversal of nerve damage and cardiovascular complications caused by diabetes. It can also stop the progression of retinal degeneration, which causes blindness in people with type 1 diabetes.
  • Pancreas transplant improves the quality of life for people with type 1 diabetes with end-stage kidney disease above that which can be accomplished by kidney transplant alone.
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