Mayo Clinic's approach

Laparoscopic nephrectomy procedure at Mayo Clinic Laparoscopic nephrectomy procedure at Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic surgeons perform minimally invasive surgery to remove a living donor's kidney (laparoscopic nephrectomy).

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  • Team approach. Mayo Clinic's integrated teams of surgeons, doctors, transplant nurses, pharmacists and others work together to provide your care, from your evaluation through post-surgery care. After you donate an organ, living-donor coordinators and other transplant staff members will offer you support and follow-up care for several months after your surgery.
  • Coordinated care. Having all of this subspecialized expertise in a single place, focused on you, means that you're not just getting one opinion — your care is discussed among the team, your test results are available quickly, appointments are scheduled in coordination, and your transplant care team works together to determine what's best for you.
  • Surgical expertise. Mayo Clinic surgeons perform minimally invasive surgery to remove a living donor's kidney (laparoscopic nephrectomy) for a kidney transplant, which is less painful and has a shorter recovery time for the donor.

    Mayo Clinic surgeons perform more than 600 kidney transplants a year, including numerous complex surgical procedures at campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota. As a three-site institution, Mayo Clinic has one of the largest living-donor kidney transplant and paired-kidney donor programs in the United States.

  • Research. Mayo Clinic researchers actively study the health of donors after transplant surgery to improve results. At Mayo Clinic, you may have access to ongoing clinical trials, research and new treatments as part of your living-donor transplantation experience.
Care team roles Care team roles

Health care professionals trained in many medical specialties work together as a team to ensure a favorable outcome for your donor nephrectomy.

The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of satisfied Mayo Clinic patients.

  1. New Kidney From Sister Gives Hurdler a Chance at 2016 Olympics

    Heads turned when Aries Merritt walked into the lobby at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix at 5 a.m. on Sept. 1, with family and TV cameras in tow. Just four days earlier, he won a bronze medal in the 110-meter hurdles at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing. But, on this day, facing one of [...]

  2. Marathoner and Ironman Michael Koetting Back in the Race After Donating Kidney

      As an endurance athlete who has completed six Ironman triathlons and more than two dozen marathons, Michael Koetting does not fear physical challenges. So when he learned he could use his good health to help a stranger in need, he never hesitated.? In December 2014, Michael, 47, of Orono, Minnesota, donated one of his [...]

  3. Living Kidney Donations Save Two Lives in the Same Family Years Apart

    Receiving a donor kidney from an anonymous deceased donor is a gift of life to anyone in need of a transplant.? Receiving an organ donation from a living family member is extra special, when you consider the risks and sacrifices associated with making that choice. Tammy Stelly, a 46-year-old retired postal worker from Middleburg, Florida, [...]

Expertise and rankings

Donor nephrectomy consultation at Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic has one of the largest living-donor kidney transplant programs in the U.S.

Experience

As a three-site institution, Mayo Clinic has one of the largest living-donor kidney transplant programs in the United States. At its campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota, Mayo Clinic performs about 250 living-donor laparoscopic nephrectomies and more than 600 kidney transplants each year, including numerous complex surgical procedures.

Mayo Clinic kidney transplant surgeons have performed more than 7,000 procedures using state-of-the-art technology since performing their first kidney transplant in 1963.

The Mayo Clinic kidney transplant team has extensive experience in the most complex types of kidney transplantation, including ABO incompatible, positive crossmatch and paired exchange kidney transplants.

Advanced treatment and technology

Mayo Clinic surgeons have extensive expertise with all types of living-donor transplant surgeries, including minimally invasive procedures, HIV-positive organ donation, paired-organ donation and other complex procedures.

Innovation and research

Mayo Clinic transplant researchers take a leading role in efforts to find new, improved ways to conduct all aspects of transplantation, expanding the availability of transplants, reducing risks and improving the outcomes of transplantation.

Our experts have pioneered many procedures, including living-donor kidney transplants and kidney transplant before dialysis is needed.

The Mayo Clinic Transplant Center supports many studies for kidney transplant and living-donor research.

Nationally recognized expertise

Kidney transplant outcomes at Mayo Clinic compare favorably with the national average.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic Transplant Center offers care and housing for transplant patients and their families in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota.

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Living-donor frequently asked costs and insurance questions

Learn more

Mayo Clinic has dedicated transplant financial services representatives and social workers who can assist you with insurance and financial questions regarding your living organ donation.

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people. In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. Many insurance companies require you to get preapproval authorization prior to transplant services.

For international patients

Mayo Clinic has dedicated international patient account representatives who can assist you with questions regarding your costs and insurance. Read more about international financial services.

Case managers

Mayo Clinic financial staff will work closely with your case managers from your insurance company. Your case manager, who is assigned to you, is available to answer questions and calls related to your insurance costs.

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