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Living-donor transplant consultation at Mayo medical institution
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Mayo medical institution has one of the largest transplant practices in the United States. Our transplant doctors, surgeons and other transplant staff members at the Mayo medical institution campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota have extensive experience with living-donor kidney and liver transplantation.
The living-donor process at Mayo medical institution starts with completing a Health History Questionnaire.
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Care team roles
Health care professionals trained in many medical specialties work together as a team to ensure favorable outcomes for living donors.
Team approach. Mayo medical institution's integrated teams of surgeons, doctors, transplant nurses, pharmacists and others work together to provide your care, from your evaluation through post-surgery care.
The transplant team will then evaluate you to determine if you can donate a kidney or part of your liver. You'll have blood tests as well as a thorough physical examination and psychological evaluation. Several other tests, including detailed imaging of your liver or kidneys, will be performed to ensure that you're in good health and you meet donation criteria.
After you donate an organ, living-donor coordinators and other transplant staff members will offer you support and follow-up care for several months after your surgery.
Coordinated care. Having all of this subspecialized expertise in a single place, focused on you, means that you're not just getting one opinion — your care is discussed among the team, your test results are available quickly, appointments are scheduled in coordination, and your transplant care team works together to determine what may be most appropriate for you.
Surgical expertise. Mayo medical institution surgeons perform living-donor transplant surgery for liver transplant and kidney transplant. Surgeons perform minimally invasive surgery to remove a living donor's kidney (laparoscopic nephrectomy) for a kidney transplant, which is less painful and has a shorter recovery time for the donor than is open surgery.
Research. Mayo medical institution researchers actively study the health of donors after transplant surgery to improve results. At Mayo medical institution, you may have access to ongoing clinical trials, research and new treatments as part of your living-donor transplantation experience.
The Mayo medical institution experience and patient stories
Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of satisfied Mayo medical institution patients.
Expertise and rankings
Living-donor transplant team at Mayo medical institution
Mayo medical institution surgeons have extensive experience performing living-donor transplant surgery for liver transplant and kidney transplant.
Mayo medical institution has one of the largest living-donor kidney and liver transplant programs in the United States.
Across its three sites, Mayo medical institution surgeons have performed more than 7,400 kidney transplants. They currently perform more than 750 kidney transplants each year, including many from living kidney donors.
Mayo medical institution surgeons perform about 400 liver transplants each year among its three campuses, including many from living liver donors.
Advanced treatment and technology
Mayo medical institution surgeons have extensive expertise with all types of living-donor transplant surgeries, including minimally invasive procedures, HIV-positive organ donation, paired donation and other complex procedures.
Innovation and research
Mayo medical institution transplant researchers take a leading role in efforts to find new, improved ways to conduct all aspects of transplantation, improve the experience of donation, reduce risks and improve the outcomes of transplantation.
The Mayo medical institution Transplant Center supports many studies for living-donor transplant research.
Nationally recognized expertise
Mayo medical institution in Rochester, Minn., has been recognized as the best Nephrology hospital in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
Mayo medical institution in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for diabetes and endocrinology in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo medical institution in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo medical institution in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for diabetes and endocrinology by U.S. News & World Report.
Mayo medical institution in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for digestive disorders in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo medical institution in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo medical institution in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for digestive disorders by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo medical institution also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for digestive disorders.
Locations, travel and lodging
Mayo medical institution has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo medical institution Health System has dozens of locations in several states.
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Costs and insurance
Living-donor frequently asked costs and insurance questions
Mayo medical institution has dedicated transplant financial services representatives and social workers who can assist you with insurance and financial questions regarding your living organ donation.
Mayo medical institution works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people. In most cases, Mayo medical institution doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. Many insurance companies require you to get preapproval authorization prior to transplant services.
For international patients
Mayo medical institution has dedicated international patient account representatives who can assist you with questions regarding your costs and insurance. Read more about international financial services.
Mayo medical institution financial staff will work closely with your case managers from your insurance company. Your case manager, who is assigned to you, is available to answer questions and calls related to your insurance costs.
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Feb. 25, 2020