Transplants you can trust, with survival rates to prove it.

Improving Your Odds

We offer an innovative living kidney donor exchange as well as a deceased donor utilization program to ensure the best possible outcomes.

Shorter Wait Times

With excellent results and the shortest wait times in the state, our patient satisfaction rates are among the highest in the Northwest.

Lifesaving Experience

We were awarded five stars by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, and our patients have survival rates that exceed national averages.

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When a kidney fails, treatment is needed to replace the diseased kidney with one that works. There are two types of treatment for kidney failure — dialysis or transplantation. Many people prefer kidney transplantation as a long-term treatment because it offers more freedom and a better quality of life than dialysis.

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Providers: To have your patient evaluated as a candidate for kidney transplantation, download and complete the kidney transplant referral checklist below and fax it to 206.598.7176. If you have any questions about the program or want to schedule an appointment, call 206.598.3882.

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Research leads to the development of new, more effective surgical and transplantation techniques. Our transplantation experts are actively involved in clinical trials, so they can employ the latest medical advancements into their patients’ care. And eligible patients can participate in a clinical trial helping to pioneer and benefit from new promising treatments.

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If you or a loved one has end-stage renal disease, our Kidney Care and Transplant Program offers living-donor kidney transplantation. Our transplant center is equipped with state-of-the-art transplant technology and staffed by a kidney care team experienced at performing living-donor transplants.

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Donor exchange program

Interested candidates must meet certain requirements and undergo a full medical evaluation.

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Medical evaluation

Patients being considered for a kidney transplant undergo a variety of evaluations to test psychological, social and physical readiness. Blood and other diagnostic tests are performed to identify a donor match and gain a picture of overall health before the procedure.

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Patients with type 1 diabetes — an autoimmune disease in which the pancreas stops producing the hormone insulin — may qualify for a pancreas transplant as well as a kidney transplant, if it's determined that it's needed. A successful pancreas transplant can allow the patient to control blood sugar without needing to use insulin because the new pancreas will create it for them. Patients no longer have problems with very low blood sugars (hypoglycemia), or diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) or coma from very high sugars (hyperglycemia), all of which can be life-threatening. Normal blood sugars can prevent or sometimes reverse long-term complications of diabetes.

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Inform yourself to make the best choices for your health and care with UW Medicine patient education resources.

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Ours is the only transplant center in the region with a specialized transplant infectious disease (ID) team. The transplant ID team consists of a group of board-certified ID physicians with expertise in transplant infections. Though close attention and monitoring, our care team works with you to minimize the risk of infection following the transplant procedure. Infection can occur in the new organ or the tissue surrounding it. Your care team will also monitor for any bronchial tube problems following the transplant.

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Support is an important part of your care beyond treatment. Support groups and community resources can help you and your loved ones through your medical journey and recovery.

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This guide to transplantation and visual transplantation map are available for your information. We also need a number of forms filled out and returned to your scheduled appointment. If you have questions, please call the pre-transplant kidney line at 206.598.3882.

The following forms need to be completed and brought to your scheduled clinic appointment at UWMC:

Potential living donors: Please complete the potential living kidney donor screening first. Living donors then need to complete and return the following forms:

Please print and fax completed forms to 206.598.2201 or mail them to:

UWMC Kidney Transplant Program
1959 NE Pacific St., Box 356174
Seattle, WA 98195

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Condition Spotlight

Diabetic kidney disease

Overview

Nephropathy means your kidneys are not working well. The fifth and final stage of nephropathy is called kidney failure, end-stage renal disease or ESRD. Kidney failure usually happens 15 to 25 years after the first symptoms of diabetes. After that, your risk of developing the disease decreases.

Symptoms

Small amounts of the blood protein albumin begin to show in your urine. In this first stage of chronic kidney disease, the kidneys can still filter waste. As albumin levels increase, the kidneys can’t cleanse the blood, wastes are retained and blood pressure often rises.

Risk factors and causes

If you have healthy kidneys now, staying in your glucose target range can decrease your risk. Like diabetes, high blood pressure is a major cause of kidney disease. Take blood pressure medicine as directed, get regular exercise, and follow a heart-healthy eating plan.

Diagnosis

If you have diabetes, you must be checked regularly for kidney disease to test your urine to check for the protein, albumin. Urine shouldn’t contain any albumin, and having even a small amount is a possible sign of early kidney damage.

Treatment

Treatments may include: moderating your protein intake, exercise, strict monitoring of blood glucose levels, medicine to lower blood pressure, insulin injections and avoiding pain medicines that injure kidneys. Eventually, kidney transplant may also be a consideration.

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