About Kidney Transplant
A diagnosis of kidney failure is difficult for patients and families and transplantation is the best treatment option. The physicians, faculty and staff at RWJUH and UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School have worked collaboratively to develop an extensive program to help guide you through the adult or pediatric transplant process physically and emotionally.
Our program is personalized to fit your needs and through our academic medical center you will have access to the latest research and clinical trials. First and foremost, getting an early start on the transplant process not only leads to better outcomes overall, but it can also contribute to a better quality of life after transplant.
In 1999, the Kidney-Pancreas Transplant Center at RWJUH performed its first transplant, and is now among the top 50 largest transplant centers in the nation.
To help you get a better understanding of our Kidney Transplant Program, we have put together the following resource pages:
About Pancreas Transplant
Diabetics who experience frequent insulin reactions or poor blood sugar control despite good medical management should consider a pancreas transplant. Successful transplantation can avoid insulin reactions and diabetic ketoacidosis.
Those with early signs of kidney damage may also benefit as a way to halt the progression of the disease. Over the past decade, improved rejection medications have helped improve pancreas transplantation outcomes to where they are close to those of kidney transplantation. Today, more people with diabetes are electing to undergo this procedure. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital's pancreas transplant program is the largest in New Jersey.
Simultaneous Pancreas-Kidney (SPK) Transplant
When diabetes is the cause of kidney failure, a kidney and pancreas transplant may be considered. Because pancreas transplantation is currently the only treatment for diabetes that establishes consistent, normal blood-sugar levels, many patients choose to replace a failed kidney and receive a new pancreas simultaneously.
Pancreas After Kidney (PAK) Transplant
To prevent damage to the new kidney, many patients seek a new pancreas to halt the progression of their diabetes after their successful kidney transplant.