SKI: The Right Choice
for You

Meet our transplant treatment physicians.


Our transplant specialists serve patients in our Mesa, Phoenix , Tempe and Thunderbird offices, as well as at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix . Our comprehensive services and support include:

  • Medical evaluation for transplant (recipient and donor)
  • Post-transplant care
  • Management during transplant waiting period
  • Transplant medications
  • Recovery from surgery
  • Healthy lifestyle after transplant

At SKI, we believe in a comprehensive approach to care and understand that a medical decision is based on more than clinical data. That’s why your care team will include SKI professionals to help you evaluate not only the medical, but the financial and emotional impacts of a transplant for you and your family.

Is a Transplant Right for You?

Choosing to pursue a transplant is a life-changing decision for the patient, and, in the case of a kidney transplant, the donor. As you and your family begin this journey, below are some facts to help you.

Southwest Kidney Institute’s specialists will help you determine if a transplant is your best treatment option. Clinical tests and examinations will determine if a transplant is a safe option for you.

In addition to medical tests, education and open communication between you and your physician team are critical to making the right choice. Some important medical and lifestyle considerations include:

SKI will work with you to address these and other considerations to help you make the best choice for you and your family.

Your SKI care team will include:

What Are Your Transplant Options?

1. Living donor

(for kidney transplant patients only)

Living donor kidneys are excellent options for most patients awaiting a kidney transplant.  A related donor kidney comes from a close relative, such as a parent or sibling. These types of transplants tend to be better matches, which means less chance of rejection. A kidney donated from someone unrelated, such as a spouse of friend, is also an option and can decreases the waiting time.


2. Deceased donor and waiting list

Kidney transplant patients without the option of a living donor and all pancreas transplant patients may be able to receive a deceased donor kidney.  Generally, these patients will be placed on a waiting list.  While on the waiting list, patients will be required to continue with periodic visits to their SKI transplant physician, as well as complete scheduled tests, including blood samples.  Following through with all recommended testing and SKI physician visits is critical so that once an appropriate organ is available, the transplant process can proceed immediately.

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To ensure you remain a viable candidate while on the transplant waiting list, be certain to:

What Other Support is Available?

SKI provides you a full spectrum of information and support through our care teams as well as our Patient Education Center. In addition, other groups in the community provide transplant patients and their families guidance and emotional and/or financial support before, during and after the transplant decision. Please be advised that these groups cannot make any clinical recommendations to you.

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