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Renal & Pancreatic Transplant
Kidney Transplantation


In a kidney transplant, a patient with advanced renal (kidney) disease or kidney failure receives a healthy kidney from a living donor or from a recently deceased donor. Symptoms of renal disease may include fluid retention, shortness of breath, change in mental status, abnormal urine or blood test results, high blood pressure, fatigue, and headaches. For select patients, a kidney transplant can provide a very effective treatment of their renal disease—allowing them to function normally with few dietary restrictions, minor physical limitations, and continued maintenance on medications.

Led by Lloyd E. Ratner, MD, the kidney transplant surgeons and staff at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center (NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia) are recognized pioneers in kidney transplantation procedures. Our goal is to get patients off the transplant list and able to live healthy lives. To achieve that goal, we develop and employ innovative solutions, such as using plasmapheresis for incompatible live donors and arranging paired donor exchanges, as well as more traditional approaches, including compatible live donor transplants and deceased donor procedures.


Shorter Waiting Times

At NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia we've created a new strategy to maximize transplant opportunities with our "Top Forty Waiting List." The strategy is designed to assure that our patients are medically, financially and psychologically ready for transplantation, with all their family support systems in place. This way, we decline fewer available kidneys, improve recipient outcomes, and reduce overall waiting times.

During a ten-month period in 2005, we tracked the results of this new system, and found that no donors were turned down due to the recipient being medically or logistically unavailable. On average, waiting times for deceased donor organs were more than cut in half, from six years to between one and three years.


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