Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Center

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Kidney Transplantation

Kidney failure is difficult for patients and families and transplantation is the singular best treatment option. The physicians, faculty and staff at RWJUH and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School have worked collaboratively to develop an extensive program to help guide you through the adult or pediatric transplant process physically and emotionally. Our program is personalized to fit your needs and through our academic medical center you will have access to the latest research and clinical trials. First and foremost, getting an early start on the transplant process not only leads to better outcomes overall, but it can also contribute to a better quality of life after transplant.

Our Center

In 1999, the Kidney-Pancreas Transplant Center at RWJUH performed its first transplant, and our mission is to offer the widest range of options for those patients who are facing endstage kidney disease and complications of diabetes. As the largest academic medical center in NJ and consistently one of NJ’s top hospitals, RWJ serves NJ, NYC, PA and Delaware. Our multidisciplinary academic approach allows us to help patients with issues that may be barriers of transplantation at other centers.

Pancreas Transplantation

Diabetics who experience frequent insulin reactions or poor blood sugar control despite good medical management should consider a pancreas transplant. Successful transplantation can avoid insulin reactions and diabetic ketoacidosis. Those with early signs of kidney damage may also benefit as a way to halt the progression of the disease. Over the past decade, improved rejection medications have helped improve pancreas transplantation outcomes to where they are close to those of kidney transplantation. Today, more people with diabetes are electing to undergo this procedure. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital's pancreas transplant program is the largest in New Jersey.

Simultaneous Pancreas-Kidney (SPK) Transplant

If diabetes is the cause of kidney failure, a kidney and pancreas transplant should be considered. Pancreas transplantation is currently the only treatment for diabetes that establishes consistent, normal blood-sugar levels that halts diabetes related complications, many patients choose to receive a new pancreas along with their new kidney.

Pancreas After Kidney (PAK) Transplant

Patients may also seek a new pancreas after their kidney transplant to prevent the progression of diabetic damage to their transplanted kidney.