At the University of Chicago, in addition to our physicians, our experienced transplant team includes dedicated nurse coordinators, social workers, nutritionists, pharmacists and financial coordinators. We have close collaborations with many subspecialty areas such as cardiology and geriatrics that enhances our ability to give patients the highest level of complete care. Together, we have many years of experience and have conducted and coordinated thousands of surgeries.
We evaluate patients for transplant every day. Patients with end stage kidney disease seek us out for kidney transplant. Patients with Type 1 diabetes may be eligible for pancreas or combined kidney and pancreas transplant.
Kidney patients may receive a transplant from a living donor or a deceased donor. If a patient has a person who is willing to consider living donation, we are available to evaluate the donor and register the patient in a kidney swap if necessary. Most living kidney donors have undergone the procedure laparoscopically. This is a minimally invasive method that requires far smaller incisions and offers greatly improved recovery periods.
Kidney transplantation eliminates the need for dialysis and helps patients live a more active lifestyle. Pancreas transplant can be a durable cure for Type 1 diabetes and allow patients to become insulin free.