For patients, an organ transplant is an emotional choice and experience. The St. Vincent Transplant Services teams for organ transplants have the experience, skill and St. Vincent's unique "Spirit of Caring" to help extend and improve the lives of our patients.
At St. Vincent, the goal of every transplantation is simple: Getting the patient back to living a healthy, normal life as quickly as possible. Accomplishing that requires a multi-disciplinary transplant team committed to post-operative care, which includes therapy, counseling, dietary, pharmacy, financial services, infectious disease and other services designed to ensure a smooth and speedy recovery.
Kidney and pancreas transplant procedures are performed at St. Vincent Indianapolis through our collaborative relationship with the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic, where our lead physicians were trained.
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St. Vincent Transplant Services for Kidney and Pancreas
8402 N. Harcourt Rd., Suite 500, Indianapolis, IN 46260
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Advantages of kidney transplantation: Medical studies consistently show that kidney transplantation results in the best outcomes and greater quality of life. Two things set St. Vincent’s transplant program apart from the 269 other transplant programs in the U.S. First, shortest wait times on average in Indiana and one of the shortest in the U.S. Second, this program has a strong program and alliance with the Cleveland Clinic. Both institutions share the same patient values and always put patients first.
What to expect: No two patients are the same and each has unique needs. We focus on patient-centered care and know them by name, like family.
Patient outcomes: Kidney and pancreas transplant outcomes are reported publicly at www.SRTR.org. St. Vincent’s transplant center continues to achieve excellent results and outcomes across all parameters that are being measured.
Kidney transplant candidates are patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) who want to avoid long-term dialysis. Often patients with CKD have diabetes and/or high blood pressure. The kidney-pancreas transplant candidate may be a Type 1 diabetic patient with CKD.
We also provide transplant services to children with chronic kidney disease and consult with individuals who have rare kidney diseases.
At St. Vincent, our patients benefit from a dynamic transplant program that continues to have the shortest wait time. As a member of the Indiana Donor Network, St. Vincent assists both adult and pediatric transplant patients with significantly more options and opportunities. The team advocates for the transplant recipient to be on more than one waitlist within a different organ procurement (OP) region.
To request a consultation, call 317-338-6701 to talk to our Transplant Coordinator.
St. Vincent offers unique options for patients with complex cases management, such as:
Since 2009, St. Vincent’s alliance with the Cleveland Clinic Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute has benefited our patients in many ways. The transplant surgeons and transplant nephrologist at St. Vincent are Cleveland Clinic physicians and work exclusively for St. Vincent Transplant Services. Cleveland Clinic was among the first sites to do kidney transplants in 1963. Today, St. Vincent Transplant Services is one of the most successful kidney transplant programs in the Midwest with the shortest wait times.
Over the years, St. Vincent has developed a fine-tuned organ donor protocol which means we can give our patients greater access to a well-matched transplant organ. We have a strong relationship with the National Kidney Registry and the United Network of Organ Sharing Paired Donation Registry. This collaboration has enabled us to perform living donor transplants that otherwise would not have occurred. In the Paired Kidney Exchange Program, an incompatible donor’s kidney is procured in Indianapolis at St. Vincent and transported to a matching recipient elsewhere in the United States. In return, St. Vincent receives a better-suited organ (regardless of where is it procured in the U.S.).
Living donors may include a family member, friend, or even a complete stranger. Over the years, transplant has evolved to include processes that expand our living donor pool.
At St. Vincent, nearly all living donor nephrectomies are performed laparoscopically, with minimally invasive surgical techniques, which improve the overall recovery time for the living donor. To learn more about the criteria for being a living organ donor
To find out more about our Transplant Services, call 317-338-6701 or e-mail your questions.
Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure performed by inflating the abdomen with gas (usually carbon dioxide), which creates a space between the abdomen wall and the organs inside. Using short incisions in the skin, narrow tubes are inserted through the abdominal wall so that instruments can be slid through them to perform the maneuvers necessary for the operation. In addition, a special camera called a laparoscope is inserted to produce an inside view of the abdominal cavity. Surgeons use the laparoscope, which transmits a real-time picture of the internal organs to a video monitor, to guide them through surgical procedures. The laparoscope magnifies these images many times their actual size, providing surgeons with a superior view of the abdomen.
Laparoscopic kidney removal is considered minimally invasive because it requires only three or four small non-muscle-cutting incisions rather than one large muscle-cutting incision in the abdomen. By avoiding a long incision through the muscles, many post-operative problems are eliminated and pain can be reduced. This enables the donor to breathe and cough easier, and the use of strong pain medications is reduced so that drowsiness and fatigue are minimized.
St. Vincent Transplant would like to extend a special thank you to all the individuals who make the personal decision to give the gift of life through organ donation.
You may register your donation decision online through the:
Or you may indicate your decision to be an organ donor during the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles' driver’s license renewal process.
In accordance with the Core Value of Reverence, St. Vincent believes that each person is created by God in His own image and likeness, and has been endowed with unique human dignity, rights and responsibilities. We also believe that the dignity and rights of each person must be promoted with utmost care, from the moment of conception throughout life, and ultimately death.
Providing the choice of organ and tissue donation for their life-saving and health-enhancing potential is in keeping with the St. Vincent Health Core Values.
St. Vincent Transplant Services was approved by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) after demonstrating compliance with all of the rigid standards of excellence required for heart and kidney transplantation.
We are the proud recipient of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Bronze Medal of Honor for four consecutive years.
The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR.org) provides a rigorous statistical analysis of outcomes at St. Vincent Transplant Services.
Does that mean you are not able to get a living donor kidney? NO!
St. Vincent has joined both the National Kidney Registry (NKR) and United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) paired donation registries. This gives a recipient an option to receive a living donor kidney.
Through these registries, someone who has an incompatible living donor can be entered into the registry to be matched with another incompatible pair. By swapping the donors and the recipients in these pairs, two or more transplants are made possible.
If you register for a paired donation registry, your place on the deceased donor will not change.
After you are discharged from the hospital, you will usually come back to see your surgeon about two weeks after the surgery. You should also return to the transplant center for follow-up visits at 6, 12 and 24 months after donating.
The current national policy is that former donors who require a transplant themselves at a future time are given four extra points on the waiting list, which will help them to move up on the list. This extra waiting time only applies to the wait for a kidney, not any other organ that a former kidney donor might need in the future.
All donors are required to have health insurance in the event that any medical issues/diagnoses arise during the course of their evaluation. In this instance, the recipient’s insurance does not cover the donor’s medical expenses, so the potential donor must have health insurance in place to ensure that they will be covered in such a circumstance.
Yes, there are “out-of-pocket” expenses that are not covered by insurance. These include expenses related to travel and hotel stays, childcare, elder care, follow-up costs (depends on where follow-up occurs (at transplant center or with your own doctor), and lost wages.
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A good living donor is motivated to donate, free of coercion, healthy, and has normal kidney function. The person must be both medically and psychosocially fit, and must understand the risks of donation.
The evaluation process involves both a psychosocial and medical component. The psychosocial evaluation is performed by a clinical social worker to address issues such as motivation guiding decision to donate, ability to understand the risks of donation and availability of support during the recovery period after donation.
The evaluation appointment ensures that the potential donor is healthy enough to donate and not at high risk for developing diseases that could affect the function of their remaining kidney. Components of the medical evaluation include general medical history, social history, physical exam, comprehensive laboratory tests, chest X-ray, EKG, CTA, exercise stress echocardiogram (if indicated) and cancer screening.
The operation to remove your kidney does involve risk, because you are undergoing surgery requiring general anesthesia, similar to any other laparoscopic surgery (such as removal of your gallbladder). These risks include pain, infection, blood clots, reaction to anesthesia, conversion to open nephrectomy, need for re-operation, need for re-admission to the hospital, hernia development, intestinal obstruction, and death.
The amount and degree of pain that each donor will experience is highly individualized. People have very different pain thresholds, and this affects how donors will feel after their surgery as well as how much pain medication they require after donating. Donors receive pain medication during their hospital stay. After discharge from the hospital, the donor may require pain medication anywhere from a few days to a few weeks after the surgery.
Using today’s surgical techniques, most donors are in the hospital for approximately two days. The morning after the surgery, the bladder catheter placed during the surgery is removed, you begin to walk around, and you are placed on a clear liquid diet. On the second morning, most patients receive solid food, and are discharged home later in the day.
The answer to this question depends on the type of work that you do. People who work in an office setting usually return to work in 4 to 6 weeks, while people with more physically demanding jobs may need to recover 6 to 8 weeks before returning to work.
The recovery process is another area that will vary greatly from donor to donor. In general, however, most donors undergoing laparoscopic procedures to remove their kidney feel back to “normal” or back to “100%” of their usual activities by about one month after the surgery.
Kidney donation should not affect your lifestyle. Because kidney donors are healthy and generally have good health habits, it is recommended to continue to maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating a healthy diet, exercising and not smoking.