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The first kidney transplantation in California was performed at Stanford in 1960. The Stanford Kidney Transplant Program started in 1991. Since its inception, Stanford doctors within the program have performed more than 1,200 kidney transplants. From the outset, our goal has not only been to deliver the finest care possible, but to also pioneer new treatment methods that improve patient outcomes both short- and long-term.
Care and Treatment for Kidney Transplants
What Is a Live Donor Kidney Transplant?
Photo: Allan Soriano and his wife, Josephine are living kidney donors.
A kidney transplant is a surgical procedure performed to give a healthy kidney from one person to another with kidney failure. Generally, the waiting period for a kidney from a deceased donor can be years.
If you are awaiting a kidney transplant, finding a living donor match dramatically shortens your waiting time, increases long-term transplant kidney and patient survival, and gives you the flexibility of scheduling your date of surgery.
Why Become a Living Kidney Donor?
If you have healthy kidneys, you can help a loved one who needs a kidney by becoming a living donor yourself. You will be able to live a healthy life on the remaining kidney.
Stanford Health Care’s Kidney Transplant Program is pioneering new treatment options and is one of the few centers in the nation to offer advanced procedures that reduce the waiting time for recipients and make transplantation possible.
A leader in transplantation:
The first kidney transplantation in California was performed at Stanford in 1960.
The Stanford Kidney Transplant Program started in 1991.
More than 1,200 kidney transplants performed.
Pioneering new treatment methods that improve patient outcomes.
High-quality care: we tailor treatment to each individual patient. We provide intensive education for patients, your families and caregivers before the procedure, and schedule more visits after surgery to measure treatments and progress.
As you explore kidney transplantation, please make sure you have a dedicated caregiver, commit to following your transplant team's instructions, and secure health insurance to cover treatment and follow-up care. Call us to speak with a transplant recipient or living donor mentor. We can also connect you with local support groups.
Potential donors can begin the evaluation process by contacting our living donor coordinator at 1-650-736-0795.
PREPARE FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT
Your first appointment will include a group education session and routine medical tests such as chest x-ray, EKG, and blood work.
At your second appointment, you will meet with a transplant nephrologist, transplant coordinator, and social worker. This appointment will last 2-4 hours.
You may bring a family member or friend to one or both of your appointments.
You may bring potential donors to your second appointment.
Bring a complete list of medications you are taking and dates of any hospitalizations or blood transfusions to both appointments.
Stanford Health Care provides comprehensive services to refer and track patients, as well as provides the latest information and news for physicians and office staff. For help with all referral needs and questions visit Referring Physicians.
We want to assure you that we'll provide your patient with the same level of personal care you give them. Because of the seriousness of the condition, we do everything we can to give your patients rapid access to our program. Throughout the patient evaluation process we keep an open line of communication between you and our team to keep you informed of your patient's status, ongoing care and progress toward finding a donor.
HOW TO REFER
Fax a referral form with supporting documentation to 650-723-3997.
Once we receive your Referral Form, one of our patient care coordinators will fax a confirmation of receipt to your office. Your patient will be contacted and scheduled for a group teaching session and the first evaluation appointment upon insurance clearance. You and your patient will be informed in writing about our selection committee’s recommendations.
FOLLOW UP ON A PATIENT
As your patient's case progresses, we'll provide you with regular status updates, and you're always welcome to call your patient's Stanford physician to discuss the case.