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Transplant Options

  • Types of diagnoses treated include, but are not limited to:

    • Hypertension
    • Inherited kidney diseases
    • Kidney stones
    • Nephritis and vasculitis
    • Polycystic kidney disease
    • Early renal failure
    • Chronic ambulatory peritoneal dialysis
    • Renal transplantation

    Therapies provided by Einstein Nephrology Division include:

    • Inpatient / outpatient hemodialysis
    • Transplantation
    • Chronic ambulatory peritoneal dialysis
    • Continuous veno-venous hemofiltration
    • Vascular access (interventional nephrology)


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    Living Donor Kidney Transplant

    • Eliminates your need to wait a long time for an organ.
    • Donor can be a relative, friend or even an acquaintance.

    Nonliving Donor Kidney Transplant

    • Kidney comes from a deceased donor.
    • Wait time often ranges from two to six years.

    We specialize in deceased donor kidney transplants. In these instances, the donor has been declared brain dead* (deceased) and has functioning organs suitable for transplant.

    *Complete stopping of all function of the brain that cannot be reversed. A brain-dead person is not in a coma, but is, in fact, dead.

    Minimally Invasive Surgical Options for Kidney Donors

    • Einstein removes kidneys from living donors using either traditional surgical procedures or minimally invasive (laparoscopic) techniques.

    Laparoscopic Removal of Donor Kidney

    • Less painful and faster recovery time than traditional surgical techniques.
    • Involves three to five small incisions in the donor's abdomen.

    Mini-incision Removal of Donor Kidney

    • Faster recovery time and better cosmetic effect than conventional surgery.
    • Performed through a single three or four inch incision in the donor's abdomen.

    When a Donor Organ Becomes Available

    Organ donation wait time generally ranges from 2 to 6 years. When a potential organ becomes available, the clinical coordinator will call you and advise you to come in right away.

    The coordinator will give you instructions on what you need to do to prepare for the transplant.

    The surgery can take from 2½ to 4 hours, depending on your medical condition and previous surgeries. The expected length of hospital stay for an uncomplicated kidney transplant is 5 days.

    Did you know you can list with multiple transplant centers?

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