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Organ Transplant Services

Organ Transplant Services

Health problems related to your major organs, including the liver, kidneys or pancreas may become life-threatening at any time. That’s why you want treatment from a highly regarded medical center connected to a leading transplant center.

Organ Transplant Services Close to Home

If you or a loved one needs a liver, kidney or pancreas transplant, trust Oklahoma Transplant Center solid-organ specialists at OU Health in Oklahoma City for expert care using an integrated, multidisciplinary approach. You become part of Oklahoma’s largest and most experienced transplant team whose members work with specialists at our academic medical center to apply the latest research and solid-organ transplant techniques, including robotic-assisted surgical procedures.

At OU Health Oklahoma Transplant Center, you receive seamless care that includes a pre-transplant coordinator who sets up and keeps you informed of all tests and meetings, so your transplant process unfolds as smoothly as possible. In addition, you benefit from a dedicated organ procurement surgeon and team who ensure the transfer process functions efficiently for optimal results.

Living Donor Program

If you’re willing to give the gift of health through an organ donation, learn how to participate in the OU Health Living Donor Program. As a living donor, you may qualify for kidney removal through a minimally invasive, robotic-assisted procedure that often results in a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery.

UNOS-Certified Pediatric Transplant

Young people who need a liver or kidney transplant receive expert care from the only United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)-certified pediatric liver and kidney program in Oklahoma. You’ll find Oklahoma Transplant Center experts at Oklahoma Children’s Hospital at OU Health in Oklahoma City, where physicians have performed pediatric kidney transplants for decades, including more than 50 procedures since 2012.

Kidney Transplant

At OU Health, your kidney transplant organ comes from a deceased or living donor, often a family member or other suitable match. The process of transplanting two kidneys at the same time requires a deceased donor. Your surgeon may leave a nonfunctioning kidney in place while transplanting the new one in your lower front abdomen. Your OU Health kidney transplantation and care team includes specialists in nephrology, intensive care, immunology and infectious disease working together for your optimal recovery.

Kidney Diseases, Disorders and Common Symptoms

Not every kidney disease needs a transplant. Learn more about kidney transplantation and common kidney disorders and symptoms.

Kidney Diseases and Disorders

Possible Symptoms of Kidney Disease or Disorder

Kidney Transplant Procedures at OU Health

When you or a loved one need a kidney transplant, you can rely on the expertise of the multidisciplinary kidney transplant team at OU Health who performed Oklahoma’s first kidney transplant and who hold more than 40 years of experience in performing both deceased-donor and living-donor transplants. You benefit from the years of extended training in the nation’s top transplant fellowship programs that these specialists bring to your care.

Liver Transplant

Your liver, the single body organ able to regenerate, can rebuild itself to normal capacity within weeks from a transplanted portion. But, sometimes, you need total liver transplant. Total or sectional transplants can come from deceased donors or a family member or other individual who makes a suitable match. Your liver transplant specialists at OU Health belong to a surgical team with the deepest experience in liver transplants in Oklahoma.

Liver Diseases, Disorders and Common Symptoms

Not every liver disease requires a transplant. Learn more about liver transplantation and common liver disorders and symptoms.

Diseases and Disorders of the Liver

Possible Symptoms of Liver Diseases or Disorders

Liver Transplant Services at OU Health

In addition to the surgical transplant procedure, you receive extensive follow-up care and attention, including post-operative clinic visits scheduled by your transplant coordinator, to ensure your full recovery both physically and mentally.

Pancreas Transplant

If you or a loved one experience severe complications from Type 1 diabetes and certain Type 2 diabetes conditions, you may need a pancreas transplant. A transplanted pancreas comes from a deceased donor and sometimes coincides with a kidney transplant if the condition relates to kidney failure. During the procedure, your surgeon transplants your kidney at the same time or after the pancreas transplant.

Your OU Health pancreas transplant team evaluates your condition through a comprehensive assessment that includes input from your dialysis center, primary physician or kidney specialist.

Pancreatic Transplant Procedures at OU Health

Since 1995, surgeons at the OU Health Oklahoma Transplant Center have completed or managed pancreas transplants for hundreds of people, using one of three procedures:

  • Simultaneous Kidney-Pancreas (SPK) – For people with kidney failure secondary to Type 1 diabetes; transplants both organs at the same time in one surgical procedure; outcomes include freedom from dialysis and insulin use
  • Pancreas-After-Kidney (PAK) – For selected Type 1 diabetes conditions who already received a kidney transplant
  • Pancreas Transplant Alone (PTA) – For people with Type 1 diabetes who experience hypoglycemic unawareness without kidney failure

Resources for Transplant Recipients & Donors

You and your comfort during the transplant process remain the primary focus of the Oklahoma Transplant Center team. Review our Organ Transplant Welcome Booklet (pdf) or download necessary forms. Check the resources below to learn more about organ transplants, get support group information and find out about organ donor registration.

Nearby Transplant Support Group for You & Your Caregivers

As a pre- or post-transplant recipient, donor, family member or caregiver, you can get helpful information from a guest speaker at each support group session and meet others who share your situation.

Organs for Life Transplant Support Group

  • When – First Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m.
  • Where – Samis Family Education Center, Basement Level, Room B3, next to Oklahoma Children’s Hospital, 1200 Children's Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73104
  •, 405-458-0899

Your Expert Organ Transplant Team

When you choose the organ transplant team at the OU Health Oklahoma Transplant Center, you work with Oklahoma’s transplant pioneers who use a multidisciplinary approach involving a wide range of medical experts and evidence-based techniques with proven advanced technology, including access to clinical trials, to ensure you receive the most appropriate care for your specific situation.

Your experienced organ transplant team understands the anxiety and stress of waiting for an organ — so they provide comprehensive support for you and your family before, during and after your transplant procedure.

Contact OU Health's transplant team

Call (405) 271-7498 or (888) 777-7081

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