The MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute offers the expertise of some of the foremost kidney specialists in the country. Our patients have access to a wide range of pioneering kidney transplant options.

MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute: Opening of the New Clinical Space

Evaluation

The pre-transplant evaluation determines if you are medically eligible to receive a transplant. The evaluation includes a physical examination and a variety of tests, including blood tissue typing, chest X-ray, and a cardiac stress test. Following the evaluation, the team meets to determine your eligibility to be placed on the transplant waiting list and will quickly notify you of their decision. Learn more about the transplant evaluation process.

Donor

The transplant program coordinates with the local and national transplant lists to find a donor organ. Organ allocation is based on medical urgency, time on the waiting list, and blood type compatibility. Living donors also must undergo evaluation and must have compatible blood types; however, the surgeons at Georgetown have pioneered new ways of transplanting kidneys from donors with incompatible blood types to the recipients.

Kidney Exchange

MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute is a national leader in kidney exchange and the management of recipients and donors who have incompatible organs or immune-system sensitivity. Only a handful of transplant centers in America offer this to their patients. To learn more, talk to your kidney coordinator

Process

The entire pre-transplant evaluation, including imaging and lab studies, can be accomplished at any of our convenient sites, but the transplant procedure will be performed at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital or MedStar Washington Hospital Center. During kidney transplant surgery, your physician makes an incision in your lower abdomen and places the donor kidney near your bladder in your lower abdomen. Placing the kidney in this position allows it to be easily connected to blood vessels and the bladder. Blood supply is restored to your new kidney by linking your kidney to your blood vessels. The ureter of the new kidney is then attached to your bladder to allow usual function to resume. Your old kidneys typically are not removed unless there are other complicating conditions related to leaving it in place.

Recovery

Your MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute team will monitor your recovery process to ensure that there are no complications. Because of years of experience and improved drugs to prevent rejection, kidney transplants are often very successful with few complications after transplantation. Kidney transplantation usually requires a hospital stay of several days. Learn more about transplant recovery. 

Combined Kidney and Pancreas Transplant

A combined kidney-pancreas transplant is an operation to place simultaneously a kidney and a pancreas into someone who has kidney failure related to diabetes. Following combined kidney and pancreas transplantation, the kidney will be able to filter wastes so dialysis will not be needed. The transplanted pancreas will produce insulin to control the diabetes. Evaluation, donor, and procedure information remains generally the same for this dual transplantation.