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Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation

The fourth largest transplant program in Pennsylvania, Allegheny General Hospital’s Kidney/Pancreas Transplantation Program was launched in 1987 and now performs 75 to 110 kidney and kidney-pancreas transplantations a year. Our one-year patient and graft survival rate meets the national average of 96.7 and 91 percent, respectively. We also are involved in the living donor program, which gives kidney transplant candidates an alternative to waiting on the national transplant waiting list for an organ from a deceased donor.
 
Our multidisciplinary transplant team includes a group of highly experienced specialists, including three, full-time, UNOS-certified transplant nephrologists and transplant surgeons, as well as a transplant coordinator, social worker and financial coordinator.
 
  • Pre-Transplantation
Led by a transplant nephrologist, our transplant team evaluates approximately 300 patients annually for a possible kidney/pancreas transplant. Approximately 289 patients are currently on the wait list. The average time on the wait list for kidney transplantation at AGH is 2.5 to 3 years—shorter than the national average of 4.5 to 5 years.
 
  • Transplantation (Peri-Transplantation)
Each patient is personally evaluated for medical clearance before transplant surgery. Our transplant nephrologists and surgeons work together to determine the proper immunosuppression regimen based on the specific needs of each transplant patient.
 
  • Post-Transplantation
Our transplant nephrology team takes pride in following up with patients at our post-transplant clinic; our physicians see an average of more than 30 patients each week. To assure continued quality of care, our transplant nephrologists personally follow lab results on all transplanted patients and discuss management plans with transplant coordinators.
 
As part of our commitment to providing the highest quality care to our patients, our transplant team stays current with the latest regimens in transplantation and is involved in the development of immunosuppression protocols.
 
To support our growing kidney donor program, we also have a dedicated living donor team. In April 2010, we successfully coordinated and participated in a widely publicized multi-paired kidney donation chain. Paired kidney exchanges are designed for transplant candidates who have a willing, but incompatible living donor. An organized exchange network matches such donor-recipients with other incompatible pairs for an exchange of suitable donors. Allegheny General Hospital was one of nine leading U.S. transplant centers to participate in the unprecedented national chain of paired kidney exchanges. We have received the HRSA Award annually for the past three years, for achieving an exceptional consent rate of 93 percent for prospective living donor candidates. AGH is also currently the only transplant center in Pittsburgh and one of just a few in the country to perform robotic-assisted minimally invasive kidney removal surgery for living donors.
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