M Health Fairview has one of the oldest and most successful transplant programs in the world. We have a legacy of innovation in several areas: living organ donation and transplant outcomes research and education of transplant surgeons.
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Many transplant practices developed here have been adopted as standard treatments throughout the world. Our transplant physicians continue to develop the latest techniques and technologies so we can offer these to our patients.
Important milestones in our care include:
- Performing the world's first deceased donor pancreas transplant (1966)
- Founded the first nationally accredited transplant fellowship training program (1970)
- Performing the world's first living donor pancreas transplant (1979)
- Performing the world's first total pancreatectomy with islet cell autotransplant (1977)
- Performing Minnesota's first adult heart (1978) and infant (1986) heart transplants
- Established the world's first non-directed living kidney donor program (1999)
- Established the first living kidney donor outcomes database in the United States
- Performing the Midwest's first 'breathing lung' transplant (2013)
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Conditions & Treatments
- Total Pancreatectomy and Islet Auto-Transplant (Auto-Islet)
During the procedure, the surgeon first removes the pancreas. Next, specially trained technicians break down the pancreas into its components and separate out the islets. This process is similar to the way a blood bank separates red blood cells from white blood cells for transfusions.
- Allo-islet Transplant
Physicians at University of Minnesota Medical Center are using allo-islet transplantation to treat patients with type 1 diabetes. If you have type 1 diabetes and experience severe hypoglycemia, you may be a candidate for an allo-islet transplant.
- Anticoagulation Medication Monitoring
Anticoagulation Medication Monitoring is comprised of a team of specialized nurses and pharmacists who work with patients on an individual basis to maintain the right dose of warfarin or other anticoagulant medications.
- Congenital Heart Disease and Cardiovascular Genetics (Adult)
Congenital heart disease can be mild and treated with medications, or it can be severe and require a heart transplant. Common forms include bicuspid aortic valves, heart murmurs, holes in the heart, valve irregularities, and septal defects.
- Cystic Fibrosis
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a complex, life-threatening, inherited disease that mainly affects your lungs and gastrointestinal system. If you have cystic fibrosis, you may find it difficult to breathe and you may have recurring lung infections.
- Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a complex, life-threatening, inherited disease that mainly affects your lungs and gastrointestinal system. The majority of people with CF are diagnosed through a newborn screening, though it’s possible to be diagnosed later in life.
M Health Fairview is committed to treating Diabetes, and all health issues that arise in our lives, with personalized, breakthrough care.
Diabetes Mellitus (Type 1)
M Health Fairview is committed to treating Diabetes Mellitus Type 1, and all health issues that arise in our lives, with personalized, breakthrough care.
Diabetes Mellitus (Type 2)
M Health Fairview is committed to treating Diabetes Mellitus Type 2, and all health issues that arise in our lives, with personalized, breakthrough care.
- Pediatric Diabetes
M Health Fairview is committed to treating Diabetes Pediatrics, and all health issues that arise in our lives, with personalized, breakthrough care.
- Gastrointestinal Cancers
Gastrointestinal cancers are cells that grow out of control anywhere along the digestive tract, from the esophagus to the bowel. The most common gastrointestinal cancer is colon cancer, but gastrointestinal cancers also can include cancer of the liver, pancreas, and more.
- Glomerular Diseases
M Health Fairview is committed to treating Glomerular, and all health issues that arise in our lives, with personalized, breakthrough care.
- Heart Failure
If you have been diagnosed with heart failure, it means your heart muscle isn’t pumping effectively, and blood isn’t circulating properly. When fluids back up into your lungs, it is called congestive heart failure. There are two kinds of heart failure: systolic and diastolic.
- Pediatric Heart Failure
If your child has been diagnosed with heart failure, it means the heart isn’t pumping effectively, and blood isn’t circulating properly. Symptoms may include weight gain, shortness of breath or wheezing, fatigue or racing heartbeat.
- Heart Transplant
Those suffering advanced heart failure have the odds stacked against them. To beat those odds, M Health Fairview Transplant Care has performed over 900 high survival, heart transplants – making us one of the world’s longest running heart transplant providers.
- Pediatric Heart Transplant
A heart transplant is a major surgery in which your child’s heart is replaced with a healthier, donor heart. If your child’s treatment involves a heart transplant, it may be comforting to know that roughly 80 percent of our heart transplant patients survive five years or more.
M Health Fairview is committed to treating Intestinal Failure, and all health issues that arise in our lives, with personalized, breakthrough care.
M Health Fairview is committed to treating Kidney Disease, and all health issues that arise in our lives, with personalized, breakthrough care.
M Health Fairview is committed to treating Kidney Failure, and all health issues that arise in our lives, with personalized, breakthrough care.
- Kidney Transplant
For those with end-stage kidney disease due to diabetes, kidney failure, or other complex issues, a kidney transplant enables patients to return to an active, normal life. Our specialists explore cell-based therapies, kidney-pancreas transplants, and even living donor kidney transplants.
- Pediatric Kidney Transplant
End-stage renal disease (ESRD) is severe, irreversible kidney damage that prevents the kidneys from performing functions that are needed to live. Kidney transplantation is highly recommended for children with ESRD because it provides increased longevity and a better quality of life.
- Liver Cancer
The liver is a large organ that sits in the upper right of your abdomen, beneath your diaphragm. Cancer that starts in the liver is called primary liver cancer, while cancer that begins elsewhere and spreads to the liver is called metastatic cancer.
- Alcohol Associated Liver Disease
Alcohol-induced liver disease is damage to the liver caused by consuming too much alcohol. Excessive alcohol can cause sudden damage to the liver, called alcoholic hepatitis.Chronic excessive alcohol use can result in alcoholic cirrhosis.
- Pediatric Liver Disease
Your child’s liver helps absorb food, eliminates toxic substances, and makes important proteins. Diseases of the liver in children are usually genetic, autoimmune, or caused by viruses or toxins.
- Liver Failure
Our livers process nutrients absorbed during digestion and filter out toxic substances in the body. Diseases of the liver can be caused by hepatitis C virus, hepatitis B virus, alcohol, metabolic disorders or obesity.
- Liver Transplant
When liver function deteriorates it may not adequately perform these tasks and a transplant is necessary. A liver transplant is a major surgical operation in which the diseased liver is taken out of the recipient's body and replaced with a healthy one from either a deceased or living donor.
- Living Donor Kidney Transplant
Living kidney donation is a minimally invasive surgery that can help patients with kidney failure either avoid or shorten their time on dialysis while improving their quality of life. Most donors step forward in response to the need of a friend, family or coworker.
- Living Donor Liver Transplant
When liver function deteriorates it may not adequately perform these tasks and a transplant is necessary. Liver transplants have traditionally been performed using organs from deceased donors. Our transplant surgeons have pioneered the use of donor livers from living donors.
- Lung Disease
There are many forms of lung disease, including cystic fibrosis, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, known as COPD. Although most lung disease does not have a recognized source, it can be caused by exposure to asbestos or silica dust, gases, fumes or poisons.
M Health Fairview is committed to treating Lung Failure, and all health issues that arise in our lives, with personalized, breakthrough care.
- Lung Transplant
A diseased or failing lung can be replaced with a healthy lung in a surgical procedure known as a lung transplant. This procedure is reserved for people who have tried other medications or treatments, but their condition and quality of life hasn't sufficiently improved.
- Pancreas Transplant
Patients seeking to reverse diabetes have a choice of pancreas transplants, islet cell transplants, and even stem cell transplants. Since performing the world’s first pancreas transplant 50 years ago, M Health Fairview continues to lead the way in innovative technologies and pancreas transplant surgery.
M Health Fairview is committed to treating Chronic Pancreatitis, and all health issues that arise in our lives, with personalized, breakthrough care.
- Pediatric Total Pancreatectomy and Islet Auto-transplant
If your child has acute recurrent or chronic pancreatitis and previous medical or endoscopic treatments have not relieved the pain, he or she may benefit from a total pancreatectomy and islet auto-transplant.
- Pulmonary Hypertension
Pulmonary hypertension is a type of high blood pressure that affects the arteries in your lungs and the right side of your heart. It's a serious illness that becomes worse over time and can sometimes be fatal.