Offering the state's only kidney transplant program, University Transplant has been changing patients' quality of life since the program began in November 1962. A living donor program was added in 1992, providing recipients with a higher long-term survival rate.
University Transplant has one of the shortest waiting times in the United States for those needing a new kidney. The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is responsible for transplant organ distribution throughout the United States and at UMMC.
Patients and caregivers attend an education class where they learn the necessary steps in planning for a transplant.
The process for receiving a kidney transplant includes:
- Patient evaluation
- Selection committee review and additional testing if needed
- Living donation (if applicable)
- Transplant surgery
- Post-transplant clinic visits
- Learning how to live with a transplant
- In general, a patient also must be available to come to UMMC facilities when he or she receives a call that a kidney is available.
Our recipients receive close follow-up care by University Physicians caregivers for the first three months after transplantation. At six months post-transplant, recipients can continue with a provider of choice, reducing travel expenses for out-of-town patients. The University Transplant transplant coordinator will continue to follow up with the recipient on a yearly basis to assess his/her condition.
Transplant care closer to home
Easy access to care for our patients is important to us. For patients who live more than one hour from Jackson, we provide evaluation services and immediate post-transplant care in Grenada and Gulfport.