Kidney transplant services in Kansas City

The Transplant Institute at the Research Medical Center has a nationally recognized kidney transplant program. We are the only institution to offer the greater Kansas City a simultaneous pancreas/kidney transplant procedure, where both organs are replaced at the same time, resulting in even better outcomes for our patients.

For more information about our transplant services, call (800) 386-9355.

Understanding a kidney transplant

Transplanting an organ, whether from a living donor or a deceased donor, is a life-changing surgery, and not only because it can cure kidney disease and kidney failure. Candidates for a kidney transplant must be in good overall health, have a donor with a blood type compatible with theirs and be prepared to maintain their health for a lifetime.

During a kidney transplant, the donated kidney is placed in the abdomen and delicately attached to the necessary vessels. Most often, neither of the existing kidneys will be removed, and instead the donated organ takes over their original function from a new location in the body. After the donated kidney is placed and you begin to recover, your care team of surgeons, doctors and other specialists will monitor you and your health as your body adjusts and your new kidney starts to function. From there, as you recover, your doctors and you will create and plan of care that will help you maintain your health for a lifetime.

Our transplant patient apartment

We understand that any type of surgery can be overwhelming, and that you deserve to have your loved ones close by to support you through your operation and recovery. That’s why we have apartments exclusively for transplant patients and family members located conveniently on the hospital's main campus.. These apartments are for people who have traveled from out of town and prefer to stay close by during pre-transplant testing or transplant surgery. All reservations must be made in advance, and the apartment is only for pre- or post-transplant patients and their families. Contact your transplant coordinator for more information or to make reservations.

Living donor program

Becoming a living donor of a kidney is a serious commitment, but it is one that truly changes lives for the better. If you are interested in giving the gift of life, we invite you to learn more about the living kidney donor program in our videos below:

Sign up to be a living donor

If you are interested in becoming a living donor, please let us know by filling out our quick online health questionnaire that lets our team know more about you. Click the link below to get started and save a life.

Living Kidney Donor Application