Kidney and Pancreas Transplant

All kidney and pancreas transplant procedures are provided in a dedicated transplant unit at St.Vincent Indianapolis Hospital through our collaborative relationship with the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic, where our lead physicians were trained.

Kidney Transplants

Our Renal Transplant program is comprised of highly experienced surgeons, nurses and other caregivers that provide comprehensive, specialized care. Our team is committed to "The Spirit of Caring," providing compassionate, individualized care for each patient and family (including living donors) to assure the emotional support and medical attention needed before, during and after transplantation.

Conditions

Patients with the following conditions may be candidates for kidney transplant:

  • Type I (insulin-dependent) diabetes
  • Polycystic renal disease
  • Congenital diseases of the kidney
  • Dysplasia
  • Hypertensive nephropathy

Our Renal Transplant Team

Our renowned renal transplant team is led by attending surgeon Dr. Alvin Wee, Dr. Islam Ghoneim; and medical director Dr. Mahendra Govani. The St.Vincent Renal Transplant team maintains a collaborative relationship with the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic, where Drs. Wee and Ghoneim were fellowship trained in kidney and pancreatic transplantation. Other team members include specialists who deal specifically with the needs of kidney transplant patients and their families:

  • Nephrologist
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Nurses
  • Pre- and post-transplant clinical coordinators
  • Social workers
  • Transplant pharmacist
  • Clinical dietician
  • Chaplain from the St.Vincent Hospital Pastoral Care department
  • Living donor advocate

Pancreas Transplant

Pancreas transplant procedures are performed at St.Vincent Transplant Services located within St.Vincent Indianapolis Hospital. A pancreas transplant – frequently in conjunction with a kidney transplant – can give individuals with Type I diabetes an opportunity undergo a vast improvement in their health and quality of life.

Although a successful pancreas transplant won’t cure Type I diabetes, it will greatly diminish its impact. The placement of healthy insulin producing cells from a donor pancreas by the St.Vincent Transplant team can greatly reduce and even eliminate some of the complications frequently associated with Type I diabetes.

A successful transplant eliminates the need for insulin injections and diet and activity restrictions – giving the transplant recipient a chance to live a life uninhibited by the rigorous demands of severe Type I diabetes.

At St.Vincent, people who need both a kidney and pancreas transplant will receive both from the same surgical team, creating a continuum of care that’s ideal for such procedures.

Patient Referral Process

The team provides interdisciplinary input to evaluate all aspects of transplant patient eligibility. Integral to the process is extensive patient and family education, including treatment options and implications.

To find out more about our Transplant Services, call (317) 338-6701 or e-mail your questions.

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