University of Missouri Health Care's Kidney Transplant Program for adult and pediatric patients has one of the most experienced kidney transplant teams in the country and has one of the best acceptance rates of any transplant program in the nation. The team's goal is to provide clinical excellence and lifelong support so kidney patients have a chance for a better life.
Common indications for kidney transplant include:
Polycystic kidney disease
Renovascular and other vascular diseases
Congential, familial and metabolic disorders
Tubular and interstitial diseases
Comprehensive team approach
The Kidney Transplant Program offers a depth of clinical expertise, research experience and an array of leading-edge resources for both pediatric and adult patients. Our transplant surgeons have performed almost 900 kidney transplants during more than 35 years. Our multidisciplinary team of health-care professionals includes transplant surgeons, transplant nephrologists and pre-transplant and post-transplant coordinators, as well as dedicated nurses, social workers, a dietitian, financial coordinator and other health-care professionals.
During every stage of the process, our team cares for adult and pediatric patients and supports their families. Our specialists care for patients waiting for transplantation and upon entering the program, patients undergo a comprehensive evaluation by all members of the comprehensive kidney transplant team. Each patient visits with a kidney transplant nurse coordinator to facilitate communication before and after transplant. A full spectrum of kidney care is available 24/7 to support and guide patients and their families during every phase of the transplant process, answering questions and linking them to other resources as needed. After transplantation, the team offers comprehensive followup care for our patients for the life of their transplant.
Our kidney specialists and staff also care for pediatric and adult patients for whom transplantation is not an option.
University of Missouri Health Care's program boasts one of the best acceptance rates in the nation. Our average acute rejection rate is less than 10 percent vs. national average of approximately 15 percent. In the last five years, our Kidney Transplant Team has significantly reduced the length of stay and decreased the number of complications.
Referral and evaluation
A transplant nurse coordinator will collect the appropriate medical records and schedule a transplant evaluation. A transplant nurse coordinator will facilitate communication through the entire transplant process.
The patient will have a comprehensive evaluation by all members of our transplant team, including the transplant physicians, transplant surgeons, transplant nurse coordinator, social worker, financial coordinator and may include dietitians, psychologist. The team will determine what tests and labs will be required in order to determine if a patient is a transplant candidate.
Patient listed and awaiting transplant
After completing the evaluation process a patient may be transplanted if there is a living donor or placed on the waiting list. If a transplant candidate is to placed on a transplant waiting list. The wait list is through the
Once an organ is available for transplantation, the patient is notified by one of the transplant coordinators. The patient goes to University of Missouri Health Care and is admitted to surgery floor. After the transplant, the transplant team will follow the patient closely during recovery. In the first few weeks after being discharged from the hospital, the patient will be seen frequently in our outpatient clinic.
Follow-up After transplant
Once the patient is home, there will be regular contact with the nurse coordinator and will return periodically to University of Missouri Health Care for follow-up exams. Over time, more routine care will be transitioned to the primary care physician. For continuity of care and to ensure the best outcomes, we follow our patients for the life of the transplant.