Saint Francis Hospital began its kidney transplant program in the spring of 2005. Since that time, patients have come for kidney transplants from across Oklahoma and surrounding states. According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, the national organization that registers waiting transplant patients and matches potential donors, more than 16,000 kidney transplants are completed annually; however, more than 68,000 people remain on the list waiting for kidneys to become available. Over 300 of those people are waiting in Oklahoma.
The kidney transplant team is specially trained in the ongoing care of people who are waiting for a kidney transplant. The team includes RN transplant coordinators, a social worker, a dietitian, pharmacists, secretary and staff throughout the hospital. They are dedicated to providing superior care and individual education to each patient and their families.
Saint Francis Hospital offers laparoscopic surgery for most living kidney donors. Compared to the more traditional “open” surgery, laparoscopic patients have less pain and return to their normal lives faster. Living kidney donors undergo extensive medical testing and education on what it means to be a living donor.
For more information about the Kidney Transplant Program, please call (in the Tulsa area) 918-502-3900 or (toll-free) 888-801-0018.