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Organ transplant

Vancouver General Hospital is a major provider for solid organ transplant in British Columbia, and one of the largest in Canada, with over 100 transplants each year. Our transplant teams include nurses, doctors, surgeons, social workers, dieticians and psychologists.

Our transplant programs includes:

1. Assessment of individuals who have end-stage organ failure for: 

  • Kidney Transplant – Recipient and Living Donor
  • Liver Transplant – Recipient and Living Donor
  • Lung Transplant – Recipient
  • Pancreas Transplant – Recipient
  • Pancreatic Islet – Recipient

2. Assessment of living donors for:

  • Kidney - Direct, paired exchange and anonymous donation
  • Liver – Direct donation
  • 3. Pre surgery, surgery and post surgery care for:
  • Kidney Transplant – Recipient and Living Donor
  • Liver Transplant – Recipient and Living Donor
  • Lung Transplant – Recipient
  • Pancreas Transplant – Recipient
  • Pancreatic Islet – Recipient

4. Post-Transplant care for:

  • Kidney Transplant – Recipient and Living Donor
  • Liver Transplant – Recipient and Living Donor
  • Lung Transplant – Recipient
  • Pancreas Transplant – Recipient
  • Pancreatic Islet – Recipient
  • Management of the Provincial Waiting list

Accessing organ transplant services

  1. Potential organ transplant recipients are referred to the pre-transplant clinic through their health care provider.
  2. Potential organ donors can contact the pre-transplant clinic directly.
  3. Organ transplant recipients can be referred to the post-transplant clinic by their health care provider.

Is there a cost for transplant services?

Some services are covered by your Medical Services Plan and others may not be.

Services covered:

  • Pre-transplant care
  • Transplant procedure
  • Hospital stay
  • Anti-rejection medication
  • Post-transplant care

Services not covered:

  • Travel expenses
  • Accommodations
  • Meals
  • Parking
  • Medications other than anti-rejection drugs
Donors may be reimbursed for travel and out of pocket expenses. Patients may be entitled to benefits from other sources such as Extended Health Benefits.
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