A record of success with kidney transplants: 30 years and counting
The Presbyterian/St. Luke's (P/SL) Kidney Transplant Center was established in October 1985 and has performed more than 1,600 transplants to date. A kidney transplant is not just a surgical procedure – it's a life-changing experience with wide-ranging physical and emotional benefits. Our multi-disciplinary team will be with you every step of the way – guiding, advising, and answering your questions. At P/SL, we complement our medical and surgical expertise about the kidney transplant process with passionate, comprehensive, coordinated and family-centered care that continues from evaluation and surgery to post-transplant care.
Experts in kidney transplant surgery and recovery
Studies have shown that steroid use has side effects such as high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis and weight gain, but medical breakthroughs have made it possible to forego their use while still minimizing the chance of organ rejection. Approximately 80% of patients at our program are steroid free.
We are one of the few programs in the United States – and the only program in the Rocky Mountain region – to offer robotic-assisted laparoscopic donor nephrectomies. Advantages of utilizing robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery rather than conventional hand-assisted laparoscopic surgery include 3-D high-definition vision, increased magnification, wristed instruments, hand-tremor filtering and motion scaling for more precise instrument movement. As with all forms of laparoscopic surgery, robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery patients experience decreased blood loss, reduced risk of a blood transfusion, a shorter hospital stay, decreased pain, decreased recovery time and a quicker return to work.
When you have family or friends who want to donate a kidney to you, but they are not a match, they can be paired with another incompatible recipient-donor pair. This is known as Kidney Paired Donation (KPD). During this process, or "kidney swap", two incompatible recipients will benefit from receiving healthy compatible kidneys.
Our transplant nephrologists assume medical follow up care of pancreas transplant recipients that have been transplanted elsewhere. We also evaluate patients who would be candidates for a simultaneous kidney-pancreas transplant.
Nearly half of all new end-stage renal disease patients are over the age of 65 and kidney transplantation, when done in a carefully selected population can provide a survival benefit. Our team of doctors have the expertise in evaluating and caring for these patients.