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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
Caring for the Individual
Stanford Hospital’s Kidney Transplant Program has achieved a high rate of successful outcomes simply because we provide the highest level of personal care. This care starts with the transplant patient, but by no means ends there.
We look at each case individually – the type of transplant the patient will receive, the type of immunosuppression required – and tailor the care accordingly. We take a hands-on approach with the patient and everyone around the patient: family, caregivers, friends. Patient education is part of every clinic visit. We provide intensive education in the period leading up to the transplant surgery, so everyone involved understands the procedure, the risks and the measures required to mitigate those risks and achieve a successful outcome.
After surgery, we schedule as many visits as necessary to ensure that proper care is being provided and the patient is recovering as expected. This level of personal care before, during and after surgery is what helps us give our patients the best chance possible to return to normal lives.
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.