About the Kidney Transplant Program
The surgeons of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals' nationally recognized kidney transplantation program perform between 80 and 100 live and cadaveric kidney transplants each year, with results that exceed Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) benchmarks: graft survival rates of over 94 percent and patient survival rates of over 96 percent. These highly superior outcomes can be attributed not just to the skill of the surgical team, but also to meticulous presurgical screening and comprehensive postsurgical care.
Jefferson's Kidney Transplant Program consists of experienced nephrologists, transplant surgeons, transplant coordinators, social workers, a financial coordinator and other specialists who will guide you and your family from evaluation through post-operative recovery. We support you with state-of-the-art technology and sophisticated techniques for both donors and recipients. You'll also meet a team of highly specialized nurses and physicians, deeply experienced in the operation you are now considering.
Our specialists work in close coordination to provide the best care possible and to match the right recipient with an available donor organ. The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), which administers the nation's policies on organ transplantation and procurement, designated Jefferson as a kidney transplant center for both live donor and deceased donor kidneys. We are also ranked as a Top Hospital for Kidney Disease by Philadelphia magazine.
At Jefferson, nearly all transplants are performed by laparoscopic nephrectomy, a procedure that is less traumatic for the donor than traditional, open-surgery kidney removal. We also provide long-term follow-up care through clinical visits and monitored laboratory studies. We believe our detailed follow-up care contributes to our Program's high success rate.
While not a cure, kidney transplantation enables you to resume a healthier, independent lifestyle without the need for dialysis. Our team continues to search for new ways to assist patients in seeking a
better quality of life through kidney transplant.
To schedule an appointment with Jefferson's Kidney Transplant Program, call 1-888-955-TRAN.