University of Maryland Medical Center transplant doctors and researchers are constantly looking for ways to improve medical and surgical techniques to reduce side effects and improve outcomes for all transplant patients. Some new advances include:
Scarless, Single-Incision Kidney Removal -- UMMC is the third hospital to remove kidneys though a single incision in the belly button. Only a tiny bandage is required to close the navel, and there are no scars.
New, Smaller Artificial Lung System for Patients Waiting for a Lung Transplant -- UMMC doctors have adapted a small, portable artificial lung, using a newly approved catheter, so that a severely ill emphysema patient was able to walk, talk, eat and even exercise on a treadmill while awaiting a lung transplant.
Combined Heart and Liver Transplant -- Transplant surgeons at the UM Medical Center are the first in Maryland to perform a combined heart and liver transplant. A total of 15 people in two transplant teams participated in this rare combination transplant.
Simultaneous Bilateral Nephrectomy Transplant for Polycystic Kidney Disease – This procedure involves removing both kidneys before a kidney transplant is performed. UMMC is one of the few centers nationwide that offers this treatment.