Transplant immunology staff transporting a transplant box to the operating room


In healthy people, the kidneys filter the metabolic products from the blood. This produces urine, which is excreted via the bladder. If a person's own kidneys are insufficient or no longer able to do this, various treatment options are available, including dialysis treatment and kidney transplantation.

In healthy people, the kidneys filter the metabolic products from the blood. Urine is produced, which is excreted via the bladder. If the kidneys are no longer able to do this, the blood must be purified artificially. There are two kidney replacement procedures for this.


In hemodialysis, the blood is mechanically purified outside the body using a special filter.

Information on hemodialysis

Peritoneal dialysis / CAPD

This form of dialysis is technically known as peritoneal dialysis. In this case, the blood is purified through the peritoneum, which is well supplied with blood, without an artificial filter.

Further information on peritoneal dialysis can be found in the file below.

Information on peritoneal dialysis

Nephrology consultations and inpatient treatment

In the outpatient consultation, newly discovered kidney diseases are clarified in detail and treatment suggestions are made for the treating GPs. Patients with impaired kidney function are also treated in this consultation. This treatment is usually carried out in collaboration with the GPs.

If there is a progressive deterioration in kidney function and renal replacement therapy becomes necessary, preparations are also made in this consultation for one of the possible renal replacement therapies (transplantation, abdominal dialysis or hemodialysis). In the inpatient area, we also deal with the detection and treatment of chronic and acute kidney diseases.

Registration is possible from Monday to Friday between 8.00 - 12.15 and 13.15 - 17.00.

Phone +41 61 265 44 16

Private consultation

Registration from 8.00 - 12.00 and 13.00 - 17.00

Tel. +41 61 265 44 04 or

Tel. +41 61 265 44 07.

Home dialysis & center hemodialysis

Patients who cannot undergo a transplant can undergo abdominal or hemodialysis as a kidney replacement procedure. In the case of abdominal dialysis, patients are followed up approximately once a month in the CAPD consultation hour if things go well. For hemodialysis, patients usually have to come to the hospital three times a week for three to four hours.

Registration and referral for hemodialysis
Phone +41 61 265 44 31

Registration and referral for home dialysis (abdominal dialysis & home hemodialysis)
Tel. +41 61 265 44 01

Registration and referral to Bethesda dialysis unit
Phone +41 61 315 20 26

Transplant consultation hours
(including inpatient care for kidney transplant patients)

Not only the clarifications before a possible transplant, but also the immediate post-operative care of kidney transplant patients is carried out by our department.

We take special care of the medication required to ensure that a new organ is not rejected. We are supported by our surgical colleagues who take care of wound healing and any complications of the draining urinary tract.

All kidney transplant patients require lifelong medical care. This takes place in the transplant consultation hours. All patients who have undergone a transplant in Basel are followed up here for the first 6 months. During this time, we try to work out an optimal treatment regimen for each patient individually. If there are no complications, patients who do not come from our region can continue to be cared for by their referring nephrologist.

Registration is possible from Mon-Fri between 8.00 - 11.00 and 12.15 - 17.00.

Phone +41 61 265 44 19

Nephrology and gynecology consultation

This consultation provides gynecological and nephrological care for patients suffering from kidney disease or newly discovered kidney disease during and shortly after pregnancy.

Registration is possible from Mon-Fri between 8.00 - 12.15 and 13.15 - 17.00.

Tel. +41 61 265 44 16


The medical and dialysis on-call service is available 24 hours a day for emergencies involving kidney disease or kidney transplant patients via the Basel University Hospital control center.

Tel. +41 61 265 25 25 (switchboard)

The Kidney Transplant Center at the USB performs between 60 and 90 kidney transplants per year. Around half of the kidneys transplanted are from living donors, while the other half come from deceased donors.

The Kidney Transplant Center brings together experts from various specialist areas who work closely together (vascular and transplant surgery, urology, angiology, intensive care medicine, pathology, Institute for Medical Microbiology, HLA diagnostics & immunogenetics, transplant immunology & nephrology).

Our kidney transplant center has extensive expertise in complex immunological kidney transplants. Since 2005, this has included over 100 transplants across blood group boundaries as well as many transplants in the presence of donor-specific antibodies.

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