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Transplant Program

Kidney Transplant Program

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Kidney failure is physically and emotionally challenging. One treatment option, dialysis, is life-saving, but life-changing, too. A kidney transplant is another treatment option and may be one that’s right for you. Receiving a new kidney can provide permanent relief and help you get back to a fuller, freer life.

We know the idea of transplant can be scary. That's why you can count on the compassionate, dedicated specialists at Temple to be by your side every step of the way. We guide you through the process from start to finish—from finding an appropriate donor to helping you recover and stay healthy post-surgery. Temple offers more than two decades of experience and one-year success rates that exceed national rates.*

Living Donors Often Lead to Better Outcomes

Because research shows that organs from living donors generally work better, last longer and are available sooner, Temple is committed to connecting patients with living donors whenever possible. We screen potential donors through a comprehensive evaluation, and offer a Kidney Exchange Program for donors and recipients who are having trouble finding a match. For living kidney donors, we employ the latest minimally invasive techniques including single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS), which can reduce side effects and recovery time.

An Experienced Team Approach

  • A multidisciplinary team collaborates to determine the best course of action based on your individual case and explores options that may reduce your wait time.

  • Trained in all aspects of chronic kidney disease, our highly skilled transplant nephrologists and surgeons are equipped to treat even the most complex cases, including patients with another chronic disease.

  • If you also need another organ transplant, we can take care of this in one procedure to save you time and reduce the anxiety that can understandably accompany a transplant. Our team specializes in performing multi-organ transplants, combining the kidney transplant with that of a heart, liver, lung or pancreas. Physicians in the Temple Kidney Transplant Program are often named among Philadelphia magazine’s “Top Doctors.”

Additional Benefits for Patients

To enhance comfort and outcomes for every patient we treat, Temple also offers:

  • Therapy to remove antibodies from the bloodstream that may put the patient’s immune system at risk of rejecting the new organ (known as desensitization therapy).

  • Second opinions for patients declined by other transplant centers.

  • Convenient scheduling of outpatient visits and tests at Temple University Hospital or St. Luke’s University Health Network.

Schedule an appointment with the Temple Kidney Transplant team or call 800-TEMPLE-MED (800-836-7536).

*According to the October 2018 Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients report