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Kidney transplantation

  • A kidney transplant is an option for patients who are experiencing end-stage kidney (or renal) disease. The Kidney Transplantation program offers transplantations from both living and deceased donors.

    The care team includes a donor coordinator, recipient coordinators, nephrologists, surgeons, pharmacists, and many other staff members who are specially trained to care for transplant patients.

    Living kidney donation

    Anyone interested in donating a kidney (living donor) may contact Susanna Gust, RN by calling 612-863-8886 to request a packet of information and to undergo screening. Living donors may be related or unrelated to the recipient. Or, fill out the Potential Kidney Donor Registration Form.

    Paired donation

    Abbott Northwestern's Transplantation Department participates in the North Central Donor Exchange Cooperative.

    In living paired donation, there are 2 pairs of donors and recipients. In the first pair, donor 1 is not compatible with recipient 1. As well, donor 2 and recipient 2 are also in compatible. However, the good news is that donor 1 and recipient 2 are compatible and donor 2 is compatible with recipient 1. When this happens, the care team will conduct complete evaluations for a matched exchange with each pair and the surgeries are scheduled to take place at the same time.

    Patient story

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    Organ donation: transforming a life
    Judy Wittenberg recalls clearly what her doctor said on the day she had surgery that would allow her to donate a kidney to her older brother, Jeff Wittenberg.


    Kidney transplant manual for recipients and donors

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    This created by Allina Health's Patient Education Department gives basic information and can help answer a lot of questions for kidney transplant recipients and donors. Learn more.

  • For more information

    Call 612-863-5638

    Did you know?

    Grants are available to assist with travel and subsistence expenses associated with living organ donation.

    Call 612-863-5638 for more information.