Kidney and Pancreas Transplant at Virtua Health
Kidney transplantation is a lifesaving procedure for people who have stage 4 or 5 chronic kidney disease. Once you reach stage 5, dialysis may be necessary to remove waste products and excess fluid from your body.
The Virtua Center for Organ Transplantation is the only provider of kidney transplants in South Jersey. Our compassionate, experienced staff provide personalized care throughout your kidney transplant journey, which includes:
- Listing and waiting for a kidney transplant
- Preparing for kidney transplant surgery
- Care after kidney transplant surgery
- Living kidney donor organ transplantation
At Virtua, patients can receive a kidney transplant from two types of donors:
- Deceased donors, individuals who have designated themselves as organ donors (or their family has consented to donate the person’s organs) and have passed away from natural or accidental causes.
- Living donors, who are willing to donate a kidney as a gesture of love or altruism. Living donation greatly reduces your time spent on the transplant waiting list and improves your long-term survival.
Thanks to new advances in anti-viral and immunosuppression drugs, hepatitis C-negative recipients can receive a kidney from a hepatitis C-positive donor.
Our team also is experienced in performing simultaneous liver-kidney transplants.
Pancreas Transplantation at Virtua
Your pancreas produces a hormone called insulin. Insulin unlocks the cells in your body so sugar (glucose) can enter and be converted into the energy your body needs. If your body does not produce insulin (type 1 diabetes) or does not use insulin correctly (type 2 diabetes), and you have stage 4 or 5 kidney disease, you may be eligible for a kidney-pancreas transplant. The pancreas also has other functions where a pancreas transplant would be considered.
We are skilled in performing all three types of pancreas transplants: pancreas alone, simultaneous pancreas-kidney, and pancreas after kidney (if you have a living donor kidney transplant first).