Kidney Transplantation

Experts at NYU Langone’s Transplant Institute provide specialized care for patients receiving kidney transplants.

Our modern facilities include state-of-the-art testing sites and dedicated inpatient surgical and intensive care units, as well as outpatient physician offices.

When a Kidney Transplant Is Needed

People are born with two kidneys, one on each side of the spine. Kidneys are responsible for filtering blood and removing excess fluid and waste products from the body, which then leave the body as urine.

The kidneys also regulate blood pressure, ensure electrolyte and acid–base balance, and aid in the production of new bone tissue and red blood cells.

When kidney function is impaired, as in acute kidney injury or chronic kidney disease, the kidney can no longer perform these activities. This puts a person at risk for medical complications that can include high blood pressure, swelling, life-threatening electrolyte imbalances, anemia, and bone loss. Kidney disease may progress to the point where dialysis, a treatment that uses a machine to remove fluid and waste from the blood, is no longer effective and a transplant is needed.

All patients awaiting a kidney transplant are seen on a regular basis at our outpatient transplantation clinic. Our doctors collaborate with each patient’s referring physician to ensure your medical care continues as you await transplantation.

Forms of Kidney Transplantation

There are two types of kidney donation: from a living donor, which is a person who is willing to donate one of his or her kidneys, and from a deceased person whose family has consented to donate the person’s organs. Deceased donors are the most common source of kidneys for transplantation.

In either situation, the organ is removed from the donor and placed into the recipient by our team of highly skilled transplant specialists. For living donors, our medical team supervises your recovery to ensure you can quickly return to an active lifestyle.

After the transplant, all patients are followed closely in our outpatient transplant clinic.