Kidney Transplant

Centura Transplant

Centura Transplant
2535 S Downing St
Ste 380
Denver, Colorado 80210-5850

Kidney Transplant

Centura Transplant

Kidney Transplant at Centura Transplant

With our dedicated, experienced team, we focus more on you.

For those with severe chronic and end-stage kidney disease, kidney transplantation is the preferred treatment of choice. At Centura Transplant, in Denver, Colorado, we have the experienced surgeons and staff to guide you back to a better and healthier life, free of dialysis with its potential complications and hardships. We take pride in giving you the one-on-one care that encompasses your specific needs: medical, surgical, financial, nutritional, emotional and spiritual support and counseling.

We give you this exceptional personal care through our dedicated, high-performing treatment team. This diverse group of experienced physicians and team members take sophisticated, multidisciplinary approaches to complex medical problems affecting the kidney. Our team of highly trained specialists offers both living donor and deceased donor transplantation. Their experience is the culmination of performing more than 1,000 donor transplants over the past four decades. Our nephrologists have managed more than 3,000 patients following kidney transplant, some for more than twenty years, and take pride in developing long-term relationships with their patients.

  • Conditions We Treat

    Patients may qualify for transplants when their kidney function is less than 20% of normal. It’s best to be seen as soon as you are diagnosed with stage 4 (severe) chronic kidney disease. Some of the reasons for chronic kidney disease or end-stage renal failure include:

    • Diabetes
    • High blood pressure (hypertension)
    • Polycystic kidney disease
    • Systemic lupus erythematosus
    • Infections
    • Glomerulonephritis
    • Drug toxicities
    • Autoimmune disorders
    • Urologic problems
    • Previous failed kidney transplant
  • Kidney Transplant FAQs. The answers to questions important to you.

    What procedures do you have in place to ensure the safety of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic?
    All patients, visitors and hospital staff are required to check in at the hospital entrance each day where they have their temperature taken and are screened for any symptoms connected to COVID-19. Patients or staff members who have symptoms are routed to appropriate care to prevent exposure in the clinic. In our clinic rooms, providers and patients are both required to wear masks and are distanced at least six feet apart during counseling. When a closer exam is required, members of our team are required to wear both masks and eye shields.

    What other procedures do you have in place to protect liver transplant patients, in particular?
    We offer telemedicine appointments to patients who are not comfortable coming into your clinic. Special precautions are taken for patients on immunosuppression while admitted to the hospital to minimize risk of exposure to COVID-19.

    How long is the typical recovery time following kidney transplants?
    Kidney transplant patients generally spend four to five days in the hospital. Patients are discharged from the hospital when they can walk, eat meals and perform all the basic functions of daily living. For the next one to two weeks, patients increase activity at home to regain strength. By the third week after surgery, most patients should be able to return to normal activities. All patients should still avoid lifting any objects for up to six weeks after surgery.

    What are my limitations?
    Transplant patients may have some dietary limitations after surgery depending on medications and other medical conditions. In addition, for six weeks after transplant surgery, all patients are asked not to lift any extra weight. This reduces the risk of wound complications like hernia and the potential need for further surgery to repair a hernia. A hernia is weakness in the abdominal wall due to the surgery.

    May I return to work or engage in physical activity?
    Most transplant patients resume lighter forms of physical activity within six to eight weeks after surgery. Returning to work generally occurs after pain medications are no longer needed and physical restrictions are lifted.

    What are other important factors transplant donors and recipients need to know about procedures and treatments?
    While all surgery comes with inherent risks, most patients do very well after transplant surgery. The biggest change in lifestyle after a kidney or liver transplant is ensuring you are following the prescribed medication schedule and having labs drawn on a regular basis. The adjustment to immunosuppression also involves being more aware of the risk of infection and taking steps to avoid infection, reporting any symptoms on a consistent basis and communicating with your transplant providers regarding all medical issues.

    Can you get a kidney transplant if you have diabetes?
    Yes. In fact, the majority of our kidney transplant patients do have diabetes, as it is the leading cause of kidney failure.

    Will a kidney transplant help cure diabetes?
    No. Unfortunately, there is no cure for diabetes. A pancreas transplant can reduce the need for insulin injections in some diabetics. A kidney transplant will correct the kidney failure caused by diabetes.

    Am I at risk for diabetes after a transplant?
    Yes. Some patients who have never had diabetes may be more likely to develop it after a transplant due to some of the medications they must take to prevent rejection of the transplants. Also, diabetes can worsen after transplant in those patients who had diabetes before transplantation.

    What is the standard outcome for someone who receives a kidney transplant?
    In general, the success of the kidney transplant is very good. One-year survival is greater than 95% and three-year survival is greater than 89% nationally. Individual success after kidney transplant is dependent on the recipient’s health, the donor organ and the care that is provided to the organ after transplant.

    What is the standard life expectancy for someone receiving a kidney transplant?
    Patients have a much higher life expectancy after transplant than on dialysis. On average, the actual kidney graft itself lasts anywhere from ten to twelve years for a deceased kidney and fifteen to twenty years for a living donor kidney.

  • Request Information & Referrals

    We are accepting new patients at our Denver, Colorado location. Schedule your appointment today.

    Patient Referral

    If you are a patient needing more information or a self-referral to Centura Transplant, please fill out our Centura Transplant Patient Self-Referral.

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    Physician Referral

    If you are a provider needing to refer a patient to Centura Transplant, please fill out our Centura Transplant Physician Referral Form.

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    Living Kidney Donor 

    Interested in becoming a Living Kidney Donor? Begin the process by completing our Living Donor Screening form.

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Meet Your Kidney Transplant Team

Thomas Collins, MD

Thomas Collins, MD

Organ Transplant, General Surgery

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2535 S Downing St, Ste 380
Denver, CO 80210
James Lim, MD

James Lim, MD

Organ Transplant, General Surgery

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2535 S Downing St, Ste 380
Denver, CO 80210
Giri Vedula, MD

Giridhar Vedula, MD

Organ Transplant, General Surgery

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2535 S Downing St, Ste 380
Denver, CO 80210
Alexander Wiseman, MD

Alexander Wiseman, MD

Nephrology, Internal Medicine

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2535 S Downing St, Ste 380
Denver, CO 80210
Karl Womer, MD

Karl Womer, MD

Nephrology, Internal Medicine

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2535 S Downing St, Ste 380
Denver, CO 80210