Chronic kidney disease occurs when the kidneys are not able to adequately filter the blood and maintain proper chemical balance. This is usually a signal that end-stage renal disease or kidney failure will occur. This disease can be managed if detected early and treated effectively, but there are times when kidney failure does occur. Because long-term dialysis, the treatment for chronic kidney disease, is not usually an option, many times patients must have a kidney transplant. The wait time for a kidney transplant in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area is more than six months.
If your doctor has told you that you need a kidney transplant, then you have come to the right place—we transplant more than 100 kidneys per year. The MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute is one of the nation’s most respected transplant centers. Our transplant team is responsible for many of the kidney transplant innovations in use today. Our staff offers comprehensive care—from preparing patients for surgery to educating patients about managing life after a kidney transplant.
The MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute is the combination of the exceptional transplant teams at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. The transplant teams at both Washington, D.C. hospitals have worked together successfully for many years. In fact, both hospitals organized what was then the world’s largest kidney transplant swap, in 13 different patients, in December 2009. This past year, they beat that record by pairing 32 different kidney donor/recipients in November 2010.
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