The science and practice of organ transplantation surgery can transform lives. When an organ such as the kidney or pancreas stops working on its own, transplant surgery can allow you to live a fuller life, on your terms.
At the Institute for Surgical Excellence, we offer comprehensive kidney and pancreas transplant services from transplant specialists with decades of experience. We’ll guide you through the entire transplant process and support you in every way, including helping you find a suitable living kidney donor. We maintain a transplant rate well above the national and regional norms, and based on biannual SRTR (Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients) reports, time on our wait list is significantly lower than at other centers.
Why do people need kidney transplants?
People who need kidney transplants have end-stage renal disease, are on dialysis, or their kidneys are functioning at less than 20% of capacity. Most transplant recipients have kidney disease because of long-term chronic diseases such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
How do I get referred to the Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) transplant program?
You can be referred to the LVHN transplant program by a nephrologist or dialysis center. You also can self-refer to our program.
How do you get on the transplant list?
Everyone must be evaluated for appropriateness for transplant candidacy, and not everyone will be placed on the transplant waiting list. You may not be healthy enough for a transplant or have other problems which limit your candidacy.
If you are approved for transplant, you will be placed on the wait list. In this region, our wait list time is 3-4 years, so it’s important to be evaluated early – as soon as kidney function is less than 20% of normal. During your time on a wait list, you can begin searching for a suitable living donor.
You must be on the transplant list to receive a transplant, regardless of the type of donor. You have the right and the ability to be on wait lists at multiple transplant centers in the U.S.
What is the process of a pancreas transplant?
The pancreas transplant process mirrors the kidney transplant process. However, there are different types of pancreas transplants, including simultaneous kidney-pancreas transplants.
For a kidney transplant, the average hospital stay is five days. Pancreas transplants require a longer hospitalization as it is a more complex surgery.