UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

The Iowa Methodist Transplant Center

The Iowa Methodist Transplant Center strives to provide complete care for those with renal failure. This involves not only education about the transplant process and performing the transplant surgery, but also providing the full range of general and vascular surgery services needed for a patient to stay on dialysis and remain eligible for a kidney transplant.

For more than 25 years, the Iowa Methodist Transplant Center has performed adult and pediatric kidney transplants with a dedicated team of surgeons, nephrologists and support staff. Since this time, there have been more than 500 kidney transplants completed at Iowa Methodist.

The Transplant Center was the first in Iowa to perform a laparoscopic nephrectomy (the minimally-invasive removal of an entire kidney) for a kidney donation from a living donor, and was also the first hospital in Iowa to do a paired kidney exchange (the coordinated exchange of two live kidney donations at the same time to two recipients, providing a suitable match for each patient).

The Transplant Center's services include community education and a variety of technical and informational support services for patients and families. The center receives referrals for transplant evaluation from nephrologists, hospital dialysis units and patient self-referral.

Nearby transplant centers are backup referral centers, assuring uninterrupted care for Iowa Methodist transplant patients.