Offering the state's only kidney transplant program, University Transplant has been changing patients' quality of life since the program began in November 1962. A living donor program was added in 1992, providing recipients with a higher long-term survival rate.
University Transplant has one of the shortest wait times in the United States for those needing a new kidney. The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is responsible for transplant organ distribution throughout the United States and at UMMC.
A kidney transplant can be a life-changing treatment option for patients with irreversible kidney failure, such as dialysis patients or those with stage IV or V of chronic kidney disease (CKD).
Donated kidneys are carefully cross-matched to ensure the greatest compatibility between the patient and donor. Kidneys are obtained either from a living donor (usually a relative) or a deceased organ donor.
The majority of kidneys transplanted come from deceased organ donors in the United States. Organ donors are adults who have become critically ill and will not live as a result of their illness. Parents or spouses can also agree to donate a deceased relative's organs to an unknown person on an organ transplant waiting list maintained by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).
Another option made available at University Transplant is a kidney transplant from a living donor. Family members or unrelated individuals who make a good match may be able to donate a kidney. Individuals who donate a kidney can live healthy lives with the kidney that remains.
Patients and caregivers attend an education class where they learn the necessary steps in planning for a transplant.
Transplant recipients receive follow-up care at our transplant clinic for the first three months after transplantation.
At six months post-transplant, recipients can continue with a provider of choice, reducing travel expenses for out-of-town patients. The University Transplant coordinator will continue to follow up with the recipient on a yearly basis to assess his/her condition.
Easy access to care for our patients is important to us. For kidney transplant patients who live more than one hour from Jackson, we provide pre-transplant evaluation services at our outreach clinics in Grenada and Biloxi.
University Transplant offers a patient-led support group for all transplant patients.