Transplant

Welcome to the Mayo Clinic Transplant page! Mayo Clinic is the largest integrated transplant provider in the United States, performing over 1,500 solid organ and bone marrow transplants each year at our campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota.

In these pages, there are materials for transplant recipients as well as living donors. No matter where you are in your transplant journey, our goal is to connect you to others and provide you with information and support.

PUBLIC PAGE
Oct 17, 2017

Weight Gain After Transplant: Where Does it Come From and How to Get Rid of It

By Mayo Clinic Transplant Staff @mayoclinictransplantstaff
Many factors can contribute to unwanted weight gain after your transplant. However, carrying around excess weight is unhealthy for post-transplant patients: it can hinder your recovery following surgery by slowing down healing, and it also may put you at higher risk for diseases or complications that stem from being overweight, [...]
Weight Gain After Transplant: Where Does it Come From and How to Get Rid of It
Oct 11, 2017

Meet the Expert: Jeff Welch, M.S.W., L.M.S.W.

By Mayo Clinic Transplant Staff @mayoclinictransplantstaff
Jeff Welch, M.S.W., L.M.S.W, living donor transplant social worker and one of the pioneers of the Hispanic Transplant Program at Mayo Clinic’s Arizona campus, has always been known to care for people, animals and even insects. “If I see a bug, I’ll scream,” his wife says. “Jeff, on the other [...]
Meet the Expert: Jeff Welch, M.S.W., L.M.S.W.
Oct 3, 2017

Meet Matt: ‘You Never Think About a Living Donor Until Someone You Love Needs One’

By Mayo Clinic Transplant Staff @mayoclinictransplantstaff
Jairus “Matt” Pierce’s journey to transplantation began at age 13 following a diagnosis of kidney disease. By age 44, the disease had become debilitating. Matt was receiving daily dialysis and forced to take a light-duty assignment in his job as a shirt commander for the Gila River Fire Department in [...]
Meet Matt: ‘You Never Think About a Living Donor Until Someone You Love Needs One’
Sep 14, 2017

One Liver, Two Lives

By Mayo Clinic Transplant Staff @mayoclinictransplantstaff
Nearly 15,000 Americans are waiting for a liver transplant. Sadly, many may never get the call saying that an organ — and a second chance at life — has been found. Living organ donation is a promising alternative for those waiting for a liver transplant from a deceased donor. It’s [...]
One Liver, Two Lives
Sep 12, 2017

Meet Scott: Brothers Bond Over Kidney Disease, Transplant

By Mayo Clinic Transplant Staff @mayoclinictransplantstaff
Scott was diagnosed with IgA nephropathy 15 years ago. The disease causes inflammation of the kidneys, limiting the organ’s ability to filter waste, excess water and electrolytes from the blood. While Scott didn’t have any major symptoms at first, the disease progressed over time, bringing Scott close to kidney failure. [...]
Meet Scott: Brothers Bond Over Kidney Disease, Transplant
Sep 5, 2017

What to Expect: Post Transplant Care

By Mayo Clinic Transplant RN @mayoclinictransplantrn
The road to transplantation can be long and full of challenges, but your journey doesn’t end the day you receive your transplant. In fact, your new life is just beginning. The post-transplant process of keeping your new organ healthy and viable is just as important as that initial decision to [...]
What to Expect: Post Transplant Care
Aug 30, 2017

Top Transplant Hacks: Patients Share Their Best Tips and Tricks

By Mayo Clinic Transplant Staff @mayoclinictransplantstaff
Your doctor gave you a list of do’s and don’ts to minimize your risk after transplant, especially due to your weakened immune system, and slowly you’ve begun to learn some tricks that help you in your recovery. Beyond this great information and experience, what if you could also get some [...]
Top Transplant Hacks: Patients Share Their Best Tips and Tricks
Aug 22, 2017

Meet the Expert: Raymond Heilman, M.D.

By Mayo Clinic Transplant Staff @mayoclinictransplantstaff
As a college student, Raymond Heilman, M.D., nephrologist at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Arizona, started down the path to be a professional chemist, until a philosophy professor his junior year stopped him in his tracks. “You don’t want to go to grad school in chemistry,” the professor remarked. “Think about [...]
Meet the Expert: Raymond Heilman, M.D.
Aug 15, 2017

Meet Richard: Liver Transplant Gives Jacksonville Man New Hope, Twice

By Mayo Clinic Transplant Staff @mayoclinictransplantstaff
Meet Richard. Richard’s path to transplantation began when he started experiencing problems related to hepatitis C. When Richard’s liver became too damaged to function, he was placed on the organ donation waiting list and moved from his home in Maine to Jacksonville to increase his odds of receiving a liver [...]
Meet Richard: Liver Transplant Gives Jacksonville Man New Hope, Twice
Aug 8, 2017

Transplant Resource: Using the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients

By Mayo Clinic Transplant Staff @mayoclinictransplantstaff
Your journey to organ transplantation will include many important decisions, including where to receive your transplant care. The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) is a critical resource that can empower your research into the various transplant centers that perform the type of transplant you need. Here are five things [...]
Transplant Resource: Using the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients
Aug 1, 2017

Post-Transplant Mental Health & Well-being: Q&A with Shelia Jowsey-Gregoire, M.D.

By Mayo Clinic Transplant Staff @mayoclinictransplantstaff
Receiving an organ transplant is a major, life-changing event. Often we think of the physical changes patients experience after transplant. Patients slowly go from being sick to being well again; they’re adjusting to new medications; routines they previously required to stay alive may no longer be needed. But transplant patients [...]
Post-Transplant Mental Health & Well-being: Q&A with Shelia Jowsey-Gregoire, M.D.
Jul 25, 2017

Getting Listed for Transplant

By Mayo Clinic Transplant Staff @mayoclinictransplantstaff
A key step in your journey to transplantation is getting listed for transplant. If you’re wondering how to begin, we’re here to help! When a transplant candidate has been evaluated and approved for transplant, they’re added to the national waiting list managed by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). [...]
Getting Listed for Transplant
Jul 18, 2017

Is There a Cut Off Age for Kidney Transplant?

By Mayo Clinic Transplant Staff @mayoclinictransplantstaff
Nadeen Khoury, M.D. was a special contributor to this blog post. Dr. Khoury is a renal transplant fellow at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Her interests include kidney transplant in the elderly and pregnancy after kidney transplant.  One hot topic in the world of transplant has been what the appropriate cut off [...]
Is There a Cut Off Age for Kidney Transplant?
Jul 11, 2017

Meet Terrance: After a Liver Transplant, Financial Advisor Turns to Helping Others

By Mayo Clinic Transplant Staff @mayoclinictransplantstaff
Heart palpitations sent Terrance to his local hospital in Manchester, New Hampshire. But if he was being honest, he hadn’t felt well for the past six months. His eyes were bloodshot, he was jaundiced and had bruises. Terrance had severely deteriorated liver function. After getting his situation under control, Terrance [...]
Meet Terrance: After a Liver Transplant, Financial Advisor Turns to Helping Others
Jul 6, 2017

Three Reasons Why Getting a Second Opinion Is Worth It

By Mayo Clinic Transplant Staff @mayoclinictransplantstaff
Getting a second opinion when you’ve been told you need a transplant takes time, travel and money, so why do it? A new Mayo Clinic study shows that it just may be worth your while. The study has found that more than 1 in 5 patients referred for a second [...]
Three Reasons Why Getting a Second Opinion Is Worth It