Kidney Transplant Information

Transplantation is an accepted treatment option for kidney failure. It is not a cure for kidney failure but an alternative to dialysis. Similarly, as in my case, insulin is not a cure for type 1 diabetes, it is a means of life support.

TYPES OF TRANSPLANTS

There are three different types of transplants. A deceased donor transplant is from someone who has recently died and the family consented to organ donation. A living related transplant is from a family member who has offered to donate a kidney. A living unrelated transplant is when someone unrelated donates a kidney, such as a spouse. THE BEST SITUATION WOULD BE FROM A LIVING DONOR.

PATIENT SELECTION CRITERIA

Presently, there are approximately 100,000 persons waiting for a kidney transplant in this country. Unfortunately, there are not enough organs to meet the demand. The average waiting period for a kidney transplant at our (Carolinas HeathCare Systems – Charlotte, NC) is 3-5 years. The Transplant Team attempts to maximize this precious resource by selecting persons that have the best potential for success. These criteria include medical, emotional, and psychosocial factors.

*All information listed above derived from N:\Kidney-Pancreas\Group Teaching Forms \ Big Packet Forms\Learning the Facts.doc.Rev.3.20.14

KIDNEY TRANSPLANT RISKS AND BENEFITS

  • For most people with End Stage Organ Disease, transplantation offers the greatest potential for restoring a healthy, productive life.
  • Studies have shown that patient survival rates are better with transplant, as compared to medical treatment. This applies especially to patients with Type 1 Diabetes.

ADVANTAGES OF SUCCESSFUL TRANSPLANTATION MAY INCLUDE:

  • Freedom from dialysis
  • Increased Strength
  • Fewer dietary restrictions
  • Improved blood counts
  • Improved quality of life
  • Potential to return to work or school without disability

*All information listed above derived from “Kidney Transplant Education” slide show at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC dated 9/28/2016

TRANSPLANT STATISTICS

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