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Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Services

Diabetics, patients on dialysis and people with deteriorating kidney or pancreas function can turn to UC Irvine Health Kidney and Pancreas Transplant team for comprehensive, individualized transplantation services.

As Orange County's oldest and largest transplant program, our experienced team offers patients with kidney failure an opportunity for a healthier life. After a kidney transplant, recipients often feel stronger and have more energy, enabling them to work again as well as enjoy a more liberal diet and an overall improved quality of life. Our kidney transplant outcomes exceed the national survival average.

We also have a kidney donor program for patients who have a living donor. Living donor kidneys dramatically improve patients’ long-term survival because they function better and last far longer than kidneys from deceased donors. Learn more about our Living Donor program › 

As the only pancreas transplant program in Orange County, our multidisciplinary team also offers patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes the potential to avoid daily insulin injections, which substantially improve life expectancy and general health. Our transplant specialists also treat patients who need simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplants.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 714-456-8441.

As Orange County's largest transplant program, the UC Irvine Health Kidney and Pancreas Transplant team has been a vital resource for more than 40 years for patients suffering with chronic kidney disease.

We aim to be a beacon of hope for patients afflicted with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), and we are growing rapidly to meet the needs of our regional community by delivering comprehensive, individualized care to adults and children who require kidney or pancreas transplants.

Multidisciplinary approach

Our team consists of highly trained, experienced surgeons, nephrologists, social workers, dietitians, pharmacists, nurse coordinators, data analysts, quality specialists and administrative staff members. All are committed to providing top quality, personalized care for patients awaiting transplantation, as well as for potential donors and those who struggle with complications of chronic renal disease and diabetes.

Better outcomes

UC Irvine Health transplant outcomes are better than the national average. According to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR), our transplant program has a one-year survival rate that exceeds the national average of 97.5 percent for living donor transplants and 93.7 percent for cadaver transplants.

Research

Working at Orange County’s only university medical center, our physicians are actively involved in research aimed at preventing organ rejection. They also are investigating the latest techniques in islet cell transplantation. As a result of these research efforts, our patients benefit from the most advanced protocols for successful kidney and pancreas transplantation.

Living donor program

Through our living donor program, our kidney transplant patients can receive a live donor kidney, which function better and longer than cadaver kidneys. This program has proven to extend the long-term survival of our transplant patients. We use the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques to ensure the living donor has a quick recovery.

Our Kidney and Pancreas Transplant team seeks to maximize our patients' chances for transplantation.

We offer consultation, medical treatment and follow-up care for:

  • Living donor kidney transplantation
  • Deceased donor kidney transplantation
  • Paired donor kidney exchange
  • ABO incompatible kidney transplant
  • Highly sensitized kidney transplant
  • Simultaneous pancreas-kidney transplantation
  • Pancreas after kidney transplantation
  • Hand-assisted living kidney donor surgery
  • Positive cross-match kidney transplant
  • Transplant with hepatitis C or HIV infection

Our board-certified transplant specialists provide consultation and treatment for patients who have:

  • End-stage renal disease (including those who are on dialysis or pre-dialysis)
  • Diabetes
  • Deteriorating kidney function
  • Early kidney disease but in need of a pancreas transplant to improve blood-sugar control
  • Secondary complications despite medical management
  • Frequent hypoglycemic events despite medical management

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Our multidisciplinary transplant team is led by highly skilled surgeons and nephrologists who specialize in treating diseases of the kidney and pancreas.

Our team also includes dedicated nurse coordinators, social workers, pharmacists, dietitians, financial coordinators, data analysts and administrative assistants, all of whom work in concert to provide personalized and compassionate care to our transplant patients and those with diseases and disorders of the kidney and pancreas.

To schedule a consultation, please call 714-456-8441.

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