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Adult Kidney Transplant Program

Understanding Kidney Transplant

Kidney transplant is a surgical procedure performed for those patients who have chronic kidney disease and require dialysis, a treatment to remove toxins from the blood. Most frequently, chronic kidney disease is due to complications of diabetes and high blood pressure.

Kidney transplant allows patients to avoid the need for dialysis and have increased energy and a better quality of life. Patients may receive a kidney from a deceased donor or a live donor-- from a relative or someone unrelated with a compatible blood type.

First Kidney Transplant in Hawaii

The first kidney transplant in Hawaii was performed in 1969. Since that time, more than 1,500 patients have received a kidney transplant.

Our Approach to Kidney Transplant Surgery

As the only transplant center in Hawaii and the Pacific Rim, the team at The Queen’s Health Systems understands that transplant surgery is an ongoing journey. We provide every patient with a team that helps with each distinct parts of your experience:

  • Initial Evaluation
  • Transplant surgery waiting list and preparation
  • Post-surgical transition and care

Types of Kidney Donations

There are three distinct types of kidney donations:

  • The donor is a living blood relative of the patient (parent, sibling, aunt, uncle, etc.)
  • The donor is living but unrelated to the patient (spouse, friend, other)
  • The donor is a deceased organ donor

If a living donor is not available, the patient will be submitted to the national waiting list for a deceased donor organ. To find out more about how to become a living donor for a friend or a relative, read more about our living donor program.

Understanding Transplant Journey: Resources

Please watch the above video to learn more about kidney transplantation, from evaluation to transplant, at Queen’s Transplant Center.

Referrals for Kidney Transplant Evaluation

Please consult your physician and request a referral to the Queen’s Transplant Center.