At Carolinas HealthCare System’s Transplant Center, specially trained surgeons and other healthcare professionals work together on organ-specific transplant teams, meaning your transplant is handled by experts in the field of kidney or pancreas transplant.
The pancreas and kidney transplant program team is made up of:
Carolinas Medical Center has been a leading center for kidney transplantation since 1970, when the first kidney transplant was performed. Our kidney transplant program has continued to grow steadily, performing almost 3,000 pediatric and adult kidney transplants to date.
There are two types of kidney transplants. A deceased-donor transplant means the organ comes from someone who has died (this person designated their wishes to be an organ donor before death). Because most healthy people can live with just one kidney, living donors are also a possibility. A living-donor transplant means the organ is from a living relative, loved one or even someone matched up with you from a “paired kidney exchange.”
Kidney transplantation from a living donor may mean:
At Carolinas Medical Center’s Transplant Center, living donors are assigned a donor advocate. This is an internal medicine doctor who will work directly with the living organ donor, helping guide you through the process of donating a kidney. The living donor team also consists of nurses who will act as coordinators, guiding you through the donation process, and laparoscopic donor surgeons, who guide you from pre-screening through post-surgery.
How Do I Find a Living Donor?
Learn as much as you can about living donation, and talk to your doctor and family before making this important decision.
Wait List Maintenance
When patients are on the waiting list, they will be scheduled for a re-evaluation at the Transplant Center on an annual basis. Patients and dialysis units are asked to keep the Transplant Center updated with any changes in patients’ condition that may affect candidacy, as well as with changes in address, phone number, dialysis center location and health insurance.
How Organs Are Allocated
Organ allocation guidelines are based on United Network for Organ Sharing and Organ Procurement Transplant Network policies that include medical criteria, as well as equitable utilization of organs. The current kidney allocation policy considers characteristics of the deceased donor and the transplant candidate in allocating kidneys equally, efficiently and effectively.
When a kidney becomes available, the referring physician will be notified prior to calling the patient.
For questions about the Pancreas and Kidney Transplant Program, call 704-355-6649 or 800-562-5752.
If you are a physician, you can learn more about referring patients here.