The Transplant Institute in Kansas City, MO

The Transplant Institute at Research Medical Center offers kidney and pancreas transplants in the Kansas City region, including Joplin, Springfield and St. Joseph, MO, as well as Wichita and Topeka, KS. The Institute is also one of just a few hospitals in the area that offers a simultaneous pancreas/kidney transplant.

We maintain a dedicated transplant unit and offer a living donor transplant coordinator. We also actively participate in multi-center drug studies and the Midwest Transplant Network.

You or your doctor can request a transplant evaluation by calling (816) 822-8257 or toll free at (800) 892-5771, extension 3788.

Types of transplants we perform

When an organ is failing or extremely damaged by disease, a transplant may be the best treatment plan. Our team of surgeons are experienced in a range of transplant procedures, including:

Pancreas transplant

Doctors often perform a pancreas transplant due to damage to the organ caused by Type 1 diabetes. A transplant can cure a patient of Type 1 diabetes, but it's only done in patients with serious complications. The healthy pancreas comes from a donor who has died or a living person who donates part of their pancreas.

Once the transplant is complete, the healthy pancreas will begin creating insulin, and the patient can eat a regular diet without fear of further damage from diabetes.

Kidney transplant

When a person's kidneys fail, they can either receive dialysis or undergo a kidney transplant. A transplant will give them freedom from going through dialysis regularly, but they will have to take anti-rejection medicines for as long as their new kidney is functioning.

Pancreas/kidney transplant

Sometimes a pancreas transplant is performed with a kidney transplant because, in many people, the disease has damaged both organs. Usually, the two organs are transplanted from the same deceased donor. The procedure takes about six hours to perform.

The average survival rate for a kidney/pancreas transplant in adults is 95 percent after one year and 92.5 percent after three years. A combined pancreas/kidney transplant prevents any damage from diabetes in the newly transplanted kidneys and eliminates the need for insulin therapy.

Become a living donor

5,000 people die every year while waiting for a kidney transplant. What can you do to end the wait and save a life?

Donate a kidney and give it to someone whose kidneys have failed them. You can help them live a normal life and be healthy again.