The Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Center at St. Vincent Hospital provides world-class care for those in need of kidney, combined kidney-pancreas and pancreas transplants. Our program is a joint collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic. St. Vincent Transplant Center is a member of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), and is certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid for kidney transplantation. We continue to have one of the shortest waiting times in Indiana and the United States, and with success rates that meet every expectation.
Our Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Team
The St.Vincent Kidney and Pancreas Transplant team consists of surgeons Dr. Alvin Wee and Dr. Islam Ghoneim; and transplant nephrologist Dr. Abdul Moiz. Our physicians are fellowship trained staff members of the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic.
Throughout your experience at St. Vincent you will also meet our other team members that help co-ordinate and care for our transplant patients and their families. The expertise of this dedicated group of professionals is outstanding and their collective experience will help you through your evaluation and listing, and many years after your successful transplant.
Conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and some auto-immune diseases may damage the kidney. In the face of kidney failure, patients may choose from several methods to replace the function of failing kidneys. These include the various forms of dialysis or a kidney transplant. Kidney transplantation is a form of renal replacement therapy in which a kidney from a donor (living or deceased) provides the ability to clean the blood from toxins and waste products.
To become a transplant candidate you will undergo a detailed evaluation by the members of our transplant team during which you will have ample opportunity to learn about the transplant process and have your questions and concerns addressed by experts in this field. Blood tests, imaging, and studies to check on your heart and lungs may be done on the same day as your visit, or conveniently scheduled closer to home.
A pancreas transplant – frequently in conjunction with a kidney transplant – can give individuals with Type I diabetes an opportunity to undergo a vast improvement in their health and quality of life. The change is dramatic, blood sugar control and freedom from dialysis.
Our transplant team performs combined kidney and pancreas transplants for Type-I diabetics with kidney failure. We also perform single organ pancreas transplants for patients with Type-I diabetes that is brittle and difficult to control. Type-I diabetics who have received a kidney transplant (from a living donor) may also undergo a pancreas-after-kidney transplant.
To find out more about our Transplant Services, call (317) 338-6701 or e-mail your questions.
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