Adult Kidney Transplantation
Transplant Experience and Volumes
With over 50 years of excellence in transplantation the NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Kidney Transplant Program is renowned as a center for innovation in surgical techniques and treatment options. Our program prides itself on transplanting a diverse group of patients, including those who are immunologically complex, those who are of advanced age, and patients with co-morbid conditions. Our program is one of the highest volume programs in the United States and has patient and graft survival rates that rival the expected national outcomes.
Our Transplant Volumes and the Living Donor Kidney Center
Figure 1: NYP/Weill Cornell Transplant Volumes
The graphic above shows the high volume of transplants that NYP/Weill Cornell performs each year. Through our work at the Living Donor Kidney Center, we have one of the highest volumes of living donor kidney transplants in the United States, performing over 100 living donor kidney transplants every year since 2008. In 2016, our living donor kidney transplant volumes were #1 on the East Coast and #2 in the U.S.!
Kidney Transplant Procedure
A kidney transplant is a surgical procedure performed to give a patient whose own kidneys have failed a healthy kidney from another person. The kidney may come from a deceased organ donor (someone who has died and donated their organs) or from a living donor. Family members, friends, neighbors, spouses, in-laws, and even strangers (known as altruistic donors) may be able to donate one of their kidneys. This type of transplant is called a living donor transplant. Individuals who donate a kidney can live healthy lives with their remaining kidney.
A person receiving a transplant usually receives only one kidney, but, in rare situations, he/she may receive two kidneys from a deceased donor. In most cases, the diseased kidneys are left in place during the transplant procedure. The transplanted kidney is placed in the lower abdomen on the front side of the body.
Read more about the kidneys and how they work.
Image courtesy of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health