Our transplant services are comprehensive
The Transplant Center at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin is nationally recognized for excellent outcomes in transplantation.
In U.S. News & World Report’s 2012-13 “Best Hospitals” list, Froedtert Hospital was nationally ranked in four medical specialties, including nephrology and gastroenterology and regionally recognized in eight specialties, including heart surgery and pulmonology.
We perform solid-organ transplants including kidney, pancreas, liver, lung and heart transplants. Our multidisciplinary approach draws upon the broad range of resources and expertise available through a variety of specialties within our campus. As an academic medical center, we are at the forefront of new developments and information, and we can help patients explore all available treatment options.
We’re proud of our long history with transplants. We performed our first kidney transplant in 1967, the state’s first liver transplant in 1983, our first heart transplant in 1985. Our lung transplant program began in 1991. Overall, our survival rates match or exceed national averages.
We understand that a high quality transplant program begins with a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to treat patients at the most difficult stages of their disease or illness. Because transplant patients need follow-up care and medications for the rest of their lives, we work to involve patients in their own care as much as possible. In every case, we treat each patient as an individual who needs personal care.
We also believe in treating the whole patient. We know that even after an organ transplant, patients may still have underlying medical conditions, and they sometimes develop new problems. That’s why the depth of resources and variety of specialties at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin are so valuable to our transplant patients.
Research is another important part of our mission. Through our own and national research studies, we look for new ways to prevent diseases from leading to transplant, and we look for new medications and therapies to help patients after a transplant. We never stop looking for ways to improve the care we give to our patients.
As an active member of the community, Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin offer education classes for potential transplant patients and their families as well as for medical personnel in the community. Our goal is to help everyone better understand the risks and rewards of transplantation so they can make informed decisions about their own health care.
The Wisconsin Donor Network, a service line of the BloodCenter of Wisconsin, is the federally designated organ procurement organization supporting the transplant community in eastern Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Donor Network offers education, information and other resources regarding organ and tissue donation and transplantation. In addition to recovering organs for transplant, the Wisconsin Donor Network provides public and professional education about the tremendous need for organ and tissue donors. It is the region’s primary, most current source of information regarding organ and tissue donation.
If you or a family member are in need of a solid-organ transplant, Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin can provide you with exceptional transplant care and the information you need to make the right treatment decision.
Author: Joan Cotter Pike
Last Review Date: April 24, 2013
Online Editor(s): Shannon Krause