Jefferson University Hospitals

End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD)

Developing kidney disease such as end-stage renal disease (ESRD) requires that you make some decisions about your course of treatment. When you meet with a nephrologist (a kidney specialist) at Jefferson, we will evaluate your condition and provide you with the best care available.

Depending on your condition, your treatment options may include dialysis and/or kidney transplantation.

Kidney Transplantation Candidates

In the event your kidney failure is so advanced it cannot be reversed with dialysis, our expert Kidney Transplant Program team will meet with you to determine if you are a candidate for a kidney transplant. Our team consists of experienced nephrologists, transplant surgeons, transplant coordinators, social workers, a financial coordinator and other specialists who will guide you and your family from evaluation through post-operative recovery.

We support you with state-of-the-art technology and sophisticated techniques for both donors and recipients. You'll also meet a team of highly specialized nurses and physicians, deeply experienced in the operation you are considering.

Why Choose Jefferson for Kidney Transplantation in Philadelphia?

The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), which administers the nation's policies on organ transplantation and procurement, designated Jefferson as a kidney transplant program for both live donor and deceased donor kidneys. For patients with end-stage renal disease, it has been shown that living-kidney transplantation is almost always the best surgical long-term option.

In comparison to cadaveric kidney donation, where the kidney that is transplanted comes from a deceased individual, the typical living kidney is likely to work more quickly after surgery and last on average 50 percent longer. For example, a commonly cited mean life span for a cadaveric kidney graft is 8 years whereas the mean life span for a living kidney is 12 years.

While not a cure, kidney transplantation enables you to resume a healthier, independent lifestyle without the need for dialysis. Our team continues to search for new ways to assist patients in seeking a better quality of life through kidney transplant.