Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center supports an active program in kidney and pancreas transplantation. Since diabetes is the most common disorder causing renal damage and the need for renal replacement therapy (dialysis and or kidney transplantation) the availability of both kidney and pancreas transplants allows selected patients to be cured of their renal failure and their diabetes at the same time.
Patients with progressive renal disease should be referred early for transplantation evaluation as the complete work-up requires several months. Also there is a waiting list for cadaveric transplants. Patients may qualify to be placed on the waiting list prior to their actual need for dialysis and thus decrease the amount of time that they must wait their turn while on kidney dialysis.
The Transplant Coordinators office at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center can be contact at 717-531-3716. More information is available on the Penn State Hershey Transplant web site.