Transplantation has become a well-recognized treatment option for people with organ failure. There are three transplant centres in BC that perform kidney transplant surgeries from both deceased and living donors. Close to 400 British Columbians are currently waiting for a kidney transplant.
Three major factors have made transplantation a success:
- advances in surgical techniques
- the discovery of anti-rejection medications
- an increasing public awareness for organ donors
Kidney transplantation is the preferred treatment option for most people with end-stage kidney disease. The first kidney transplants were performed between identical twins in the early 1950s without the use of anti-rejection (immunosuppression) medication. It wasn't until 1966 that cadaveric kidney (obtained from someone who has deceased) transplants became a recognized form of treatment. The clinical use of cyclosporine (an immunosuppressive medication) in 1978 revolutionized transplantation with improved graft survival. The discovery and use of cyclosporine marked a new era in transplantation.
The first kidney transplant in BC was performed in 1968. Since then, thousands of British Columbians have received kidneys, thus restoring their quality of life.
- You must be a BC resident with a Personal Care Card Number
- You must be referred by your Nephrologist or family physician to the Renal Transplant Program at Vancouver General Hospital or St. Paul's Hospital, in Vancouver
Understanding the Kidney Transplant process:
For an overview of the kidney transplant process take a look at the YouTube videos and brochures below:
- BC Transplant's Patient Education Day - June 16, 2015 (YouTube link)
- Step by Step Guide Through Kidney Transplant Process (PDF)
- Step by Step Guide Through Kidney Transplant Process - PunJabi (PDF)
- Step by Step Guide Through Kidney Transplant Process - Chinese Simplified (PDF)
- Step by Step Guide Through Kidney Transplant Process - Chinese Traditional (PDF)
- Kidney Foundation, Living with Kidney Failure - Chapter 4, transplant
Need help finding a living donor? This brochure provides helful tips to reach out to possible living donors.
Need more information?
St. Paul's Pre-Transplant Program
Unit 6A, 6th Floor, Providence Building
1081 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y6
Toll Free: 1.877.955.1755
Pre-Transplant Assessment Clinic - Vancouver General Hospital
5th Floor, Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre
2775 Laurel Street
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9
Toll Free: 1.855.875.5182
BC Children's Hospital Renal Transplant Program
4480 Oak Street
Vancouver, BC V6H 3V4