Transplantation is a life-altering procedure. Organ recipients require life-long immunosuppressant medications and careful monitoring. Throughout the transplant process, we partner closely with donors and recipients and their referring physicians to enable a seamless continuum of care, while helping patients and their families navigate emotional, financial, and logistical concerns.
As part of a large academic medical center, the NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Renal and Pancreatic Transplant Program calls upon the expertise of a wide range of healthcare providers, ensuring that our patients receive the most advanced, multidisciplinary care. Our clinicians help patients with medical issues that present barriers to transplantation, including pregnant women and women with infertility problems, obese patients, and patients at high risk due to advanced age or health conditions.
Kidney (Renal) Transplantation
Our kidney transplant program's mission is to move patients off the transplant list and back to leading healthy, productive lives. To achieve that goal, we develop and employ innovative solutions that provide transplants for more patients. Thanks to new advances developed here, more people than ever have access to a kidney transplant, the most common and successful of all transplant procedures in theUnited States.
For patients with type 1 diabetes and kidney disease, a pancreas or kidney-pancreas transplant can mean a life free from testing blood sugar, taking insulin, and the constant threat of dangerous fluctuations in blood glucose. Pancreas transplantation offers benefits including:
- A huge improvement in a patient’s lifestyle. Instead of spending up to three hours a day in controlling blood sugar, they will enjoy stable levels without insulin or any special diet.
- By significantly improving or ending the patient’s diabetes, pancreas transplantation will protect a patient’s new kidney from being injured.
- It often slows down or even reverses secondary complications from diabetes: eye disease, vascular disease, gastrointestinal problems, and neuropathy.