Living Donor Kidney Transplant
UR Medicine offers living donor kidney transplants. Because you only need one kidney to live a healthy life, a living person can donate one of their healthy kidneys to a person whose kidneys no longer work.
Living donor transplantation is a lifesaving opportunity because it can drastically shorten the time a patient spends waiting for an organ to become available.
The donor is usually a family member or someone very close to the recipient. In order to donate your kidney to a loved one, you will need to be a good match for them. Our team will evaluate you to determine if you are able to donate.
Learn more about living donor transplant.
Kidney-pancreas Transplants at UR Medicine.
At UR Medicine, we offer kidney-pancreas transplants to patients, in which the patient receives both a new kidney as well as a new pancreas.
A kidney-pancreas transplant is offered to people who have severe type 1 diabetes. If you have type 1 diabetes, a pancreas transplant can be a potential cure for your condition. However, kidney-pancreas transplants are more successful than a pancreas transplant alone. That’s why the combination kidney-pancreas transplant is the most common type of pancreas transplant.
Robotic kidney surgery
The most minimally invasive option for kidney donation.
UR Medicine is the only center outside of New York City to provide a new type of robotic kidney surgery.
We are currently performing robotic surgery for live donors who are donating their kidney. We use the robotic technique to perform a procedure called a nephrectomy, which is the removal of the donor’s kidney.
With robotic surgery, the surgeon performs the operation, but uses the robot and the instruments as additional tools to do a more precise surgery.
Benefits of robotic surgery:
- Better precision and optics – the camera gives the doctor a 3D view of the patient’s body, and the doctor can use the camera to view the organs at different angles.
- Smaller incisions – the procedure is minimally invasive, which means there are smaller incisions required to perform the surgery.
- Faster recovery – because of the smaller incisions, patients recover faster and go home from the hospital sooner.
- Less pain – patients also experience less pain during recovery, which means they don’t need as many pain medications.
- Fewer wound complications – because of the smaller incisions, infections are less common with robotic kidney surgery.
2 Buffalo Men + 1 Kidney Transplant = Lifelong Bond
Scott Dodson, golf superintendent at a country club in Buffalo, had experienced hereditary kidney issues for more than a decade. As his condition worsened, he was added to the transplant waiting list at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. The Solid Organ Transplant team also suggested the possibility of a living kidney donor.
Scott’s colleagues with the WNY Golf Course Superintendents Association were notified via email about Scott’s need for help. Brian Conn was in his office at a country club a few miles away when he saw the message. Before he even stood up from his desk, he recalls being hit with a sudden, strong, unshakable feeling: He knew he had to respond by offering to be a kidney donor.
After months of appointments and medical evaluations, all unbeknownst to Scott, Brian got the green light.
Surgery was performed a few months later, providing a new chapter for Scott, and a new-found friendship for both he and Brian, as well as their families. They consider themselves brothers.
Going through the transplant process is not easy. But you’re not alone. At UR Medicine, we’re here to help. We invite you to meet with our team. We can give you advice, answer questions and tell you more about our transplant programs.