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Adult Kidney Transplant Program

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The kidney transplant program at Baystate Medical Center provides care for people with end-stage renal disease (kidney failure). We are a referral center for organ recovery, offering living donor and deceased donor services for kidney transplant patients.

If you need a kidney transplant, or if you would like to donate a kidney, you will receive the highest quality care from our experienced team. Our multidisciplinary team includes transplant surgeons, nephrologists (kidney specialists), transplant nurse coordinators, social workers, dieticians, financial coordinators, living donor advocates, and support staff.

Process for Patients and Living Donors

To begin the kidney transplant process, you will need a referral from a Baystate Health nephrologist. If you would like to be a living donor, you can simply call the transplant program office for a phone screening.

Next, we'll set up appointments with potential living donors. Our team will work with you to create a care plan from surgery through recovery. A nurse coordinator will help you navigate the entire transplant process.

Transplant Surgery

When you come to the office for your one-day comprehensive evaluation, your transplant surgeon will talk with you about your surgical options. Most transplants are done using the latest in minimally invasive techniques (associated with less pain and a shorter hospital stay).

Patients recover at slightly different rates after kidney transplant surgery. Most stay in the hospital from 2-5 days. We will work with you to tailor your home recovery to your individual needs.