How to Learn About Kidney Transplants - According to the States-Organ Sharing Network (BNU), there are about 40,000 people waiting for a kidney transplant at any given time. Here are some key information about kidney transplants and tips on where to find more information.
How To Learn About Kidney Transplants
• Know that if you need a kidney transplant because of end-stage renal failure you will be placed on the UNOS waiting list.
• Be aware that your medical and psychosocial status will be reviewed regularly and may affect your placement on the UNOS list.
• Keep in mind that patients on the UNOS list are assessed and treated regardless of wealth, status, gender or race.
• Know that Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance companies cover most of the cost of kidney transplant. The average cost is $ 51,000.
• Consider that the waiting list for a cadaveric kidney is up to three years.
• Consider a living donor. About 30 percent of all transplanted kidneys come from life, parent and nonrelative compatible.
• Understand that, to benefit from a kidney transplant due to kidney disease, your kidneys should be operated at more than 15 percent of normal capacity.
• Be assured that the rate of rejection of kidney transplants has dropped dramatically. The releases are less severe, occur later and are more likely to be successfully treated than had been in the past. Kidney transplants have a success rate of 80 percent and 97 percent.
Tips and Warnings
- For more information on kidney transplants, call UNOS at (888) 894-6361; The Mayo Clinic in Rochester,
- Minnesota, at (507) 284-2511; And the Johns Hopkins Transplant Center at (888) 304-5069.
- For transplanted kidneys on cadavers, the one-year success rate is 93 percent, and the three-year success rate is 87 percent.
- For living donor kidneys, the one-year success rate is 97 percent, and the three-year success rate is 94.4 percent. Transplants between spouses have a higher success rate.
- It is illegal to sell your kidneys or other organs.
- If symptoms persist or if you have any medical conditions or problems, consult a doctor. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.