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Organ Transplant

The Organ Transplantation Division at HackensackUMC provides a comprehensive, unified approach to patient care. As one of only a few certified transplant centers in New Jersey, we provide complete pre-transplant evaluation, surgical services, and post-operative care. Our Board-certified physicians, together with a team of specially-trained transplant nurses and other healthcare professionals, are dedicated to providing you with advanced and compassionate care. Our transplant team members partner with patients, their families, and their referring physicians every step of the way, from transplant selection, to disease management before transplant, through the surgery and follow-up treatment.
 
At every step of the process, our multidisciplinary care team focuses on giving you the best possible care—to give you the best possible outcomes.
 
Continuity of care and follow up are key parts of transplant services. We provide all patients with comprehensive, personalized education on monitoring their condition, administration of anti-rejection medications, how to recognize the signs of infection or rejection, and returning to a more normal lifestyle.
 
We perform adult kidney, pancreas, and simultaneous kidney/pancreas transplant surgeries, as well as pediatric kidney transplant surgeries, and provide all necessary medical and support services necessary to guide you through the transplantation process.    
 

Kidney transplants

If you are living with progressive chronic kidney disease or have kidney failure,  a transplant may be an option for you. Regardless of your age or the primary cause of your kidney failure, we will evaluate you to determine whether you are suitable for a transplant.  Click to learn more about the kidney transplant process.
 

Pancreas transplants

If you have Type 1 diabetes, pancreatic cancer, or another disorder of the pancreas, a pancreas transplant may be a way to help you return to a healthier life without insulin injections. People who can benefit from a pancreas transplant generally have not had good control of their blood sugar with insulin pumps or other treatments for diabetes. Click to learn more about the pancreas transplant process.
 

Simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplants

Many patients who require a pancreas transplant are also suffering from end stage kidney disease. These patients also require a kidney transplant, and the two procedures are performed during the same operation using a pancreas and one kidney from a deceased donor. These procedures can, in many cases, free the patient from the need for insulin and dialysis.
 
 

About kidney transplants

If you suffer from a progressive, chronic kidney disease, you may be a candidate for a transplant.  Our goal is to provide you with the latest treatments and options to improve your outcomes. If you or a loved one could benefit from a kidney transplant, please request an appointment with our team by calling 551-996-2608.
 
 

Kidney transplant process

Possible candidates are thoroughly evaluated and your case is then shared with a team of kidney and transplant specialists. They will carefully consider your individual medical details and personal preferences and make a recommendation about the best course of action for you.  If it is determined that transplantation is your best option, you will be placed on a waiting list to receive a kidney from a living or deceased donor. The time you have already spent on dialysis will be considered and factored into where on the list you are placed. 
 
Our procedures are designed to provide you with the best possible outcomes. We are constantly refining and adjusting them to take new developments into account. Our multidisciplinary team includes board-certified transplant surgeons, nephrologists, pathologists, radiologists, urologists, and gastroenterologists, along with pharmacists, social workers, transplant nurse coordinators, nurse practitioners, dietitians, tissue-typing specialists, and other dedicated support staff. 
 
Some types of insurance require a referral. Our team will help determine if your insurance requires a referral, and if so, contact your primary physician’s office to obtain one. If your insurance does not require a referral, you, a family member, or your physician’s office may make an appointment directly with us. You can call us at any time with questions. Our number is 551-996-2608.
 
 
About pancreas transplants
If your body can not make insulin any more, a pancreas transplant may be an option that can help you return to a healthier life. Following a transplant, insulin is no longer needed to have control of your blood sugar. This is most common with Type 1 diabetes, but it can also occur with pancreatitis or other severe diseases of the pancreas. 
 
Pancreas transplant process
Possible candidates are thoroughly evaluated and your case is then shared with a team of specialists. They will carefully consider your individual medical details and personal preferences and make a recommendation about the best course of action for you.   
 
As a patient in our program, your care is coordinated by a team of transplant specialists along with endocrinologists, gastroenterologists, nephrologists, transplant nurse coordinators, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, social workers, dietitians, tissue-typing specialists, and other dedicated support staff.
 
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To make an appointment, please call 551-996-2608.
 


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