Transplant Care

M Health Fairview has one of the oldest and most successful transplant programs in the world. We have a legacy of innovation in several areas:
  • Living organ donation and transplant outcomes
  • Research
  • Education of transplant surgeons

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We have more than 50 years of experience in the clinical care of over 12,000 organ and cell transplant recipients of heart, lung, kidney, liver, pancreas, islet, or intestine transplants. We have cared for more than 4,600 living organ donors. Because our physicians from different specialty areas work together closely, we are highly skilled at treating patients who have medical problems with more than one organ, such as kidney and liver disease. We’ve been consistently ranked as a top provider by national and local publications.

Our Approach

Many transplant practices developed here have been adopted as standard treatments throughout the world. Our transplant physicians continue to develop the latest techniques and technologies so we can offer these to our patients.

Important milestones in our care include:
  • Performing the world's first deceased donor pancreas transplant (1966)
  • Founded the first nationally accredited transplant fellowship training program (1970)
  • Performing the world's first living donor pancreas transplant (1979)
  • Performing the world's first total pancreatectomy with islet cell autotransplant (1977)
  • Performing Minnesota's first adult heart (1978) and infant (1986) heart transplants
  • Established the world's first non-directed living kidney donor program (1999)
  • Established the first living kidney donor outcomes database in the United States
  • Performing the Midwest's first 'breathing lung' transplant (2013)

Pediatric Transplant Procedures
Your first choice for a child’s second chance. Providers with University of Minnesota Health are focused on improving and extending the lives of children with serious health needs, and are proud to offer our care in one of the nation’s top hospitals for kidney, liver, total pancreatectomy and islet autotransplant (TP-IAT) and heart transplants.

Kidney Transplants

  • Over 1,000 pediatric kidney transplants performed
  • One of the largest transplant institutions in the world
  • We take on the most complex cases and strive to keep children off dialysis before transplant
Liver Transplants
  • Adult-to-child, partial, full and living-donor liver transplants
  • Regional leader with over 1,500 procedures performed
Total Pancreatectomy and Islet Autotransplants
  • Largest TP-IAT program in the world
  • Performed over 700 TP-IAT procedures, including one in a 3-year-old
Heart Transplants
  • Success record at or above the national average
  • Strive to have children keep their own hearts as long as possible
  • First pediatric hospital in the Twin Cities to implant the HeartWare HVAD®
Clinical Trials
  • Proven history of uncovering medical breakthroughs through research and clinical trials
  • Perfect for patients looking to improve their lives while helping advance medical science

Conditions We Treat

Treatments, Tests, and Procedures

Allo-islet Transplant

Physicians at University of Minnesota Medical Center are using allo-islet transplantation to treat patients with type 1 diabetes. If you have type 1 diabetes and experience severe hypoglycemia, you may be a candidate for an allo-islet transplant.
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Anticoagulation Medication Monitoring

Anticoagulation Medication Monitoring is comprised of a team of specialized nurses and pharmacists who work with patients on an individual basis to maintain the right dose of warfarin or other anticoagulant medications.
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Heart Transplant

Those suffering advanced heart failure have the odds stacked against them. To beat those odds, M Health Fairview Transplant Care has performed over 900 high survival, heart transplants – making us one of the world’s longest running heart transplant providers.
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Kidney Transplant

For those with end-stage kidney disease due to diabetes, kidney failure, or other complex issues, a kidney transplant enables patients to return to an active, normal life. Our specialists explore cell-based therapies, kidney-pancreas transplants, and even living donor kidney transplants.
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Lung Transplant

A diseased or failing lung can be replaced with a healthy lung in a surgical procedure known as a lung transplant. This procedure is reserved for people who have tried other medications or treatments, but their condition and quality of life hasn't sufficiently improved.
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Liver Transplant

When liver function deteriorates it may not adequately perform these tasks and a transplant is necessary. A liver transplant is a major surgical operation in which the diseased liver is taken out of the recipient's body and replaced with a healthy one from either a deceased or living donor.
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Living Donor Kidney Transplant

Living kidney donation is a minimally invasive surgery that can help patients with kidney failure either avoid or shorten their time on dialysis while improving their quality of life. Most donors step forward in response to the need of a friend, family or coworker.
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Living Donor Liver Transplant

When liver function deteriorates it may not adequately perform these tasks and a transplant is necessary. Liver transplants have traditionally been performed using organs from deceased donors. Our transplant surgeons have pioneered the use of donor livers from living donors.
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Total Pancreatectomy and Islet Auto-Transplant (Auto-Islet)

During the procedure, the surgeon first removes the pancreas. Next, specially trained technicians break down the pancreas into its components and separate out the islets. This process is similar to the way a blood bank separates red blood cells from white blood cells for transfusions.
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There may be other treatments, test, and procedures for this diagnosis, including:

  • Kidney Paired Exchange
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