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