Kidney Transplant Recipient Information for Kidney Failure Patients at Georgia Regents Medical Center

 

Benefits of Kidney Transplantation

If you suffer from kidney failure, the Georgia Regents Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program in Augusta, Georgia, offers kidney transplantation services that can offer significant benefits, including:

  • Return to work
  • Improved quality of life
  • Increased life expectancy
  • Freedom from dialysis treatments
  • Fewer fluid and dietary restrictions

If you are a Type I diabetic and receive a kidney/pancreas transplant, you will no longer have to rely on insulin treatments.

Kidney Transplant Facts

As of May 23, 2014, there were 100,794 patients awaiting kidney transplantation and 2049 patients awaiting simultaneous kidney/pancreas transplantation in the United States.

In 2013, 16,894 kidney transplant were performed in the United States.

  • 5,732 were from living donors
  • 11,162 were from deceased donors

Source: OPTN (Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network), May 28, 2014

Living Kidney Donor Transplants

The Kidney Transplant Program at Georgia Regents Medical Center encourages living donation when possible. There are several benefits to receiving a living donor transplant:

  • Kidney living donor recipients are transplanted as soon as the donor’s evaluation has been completed. This generally takes only a few months. The average wait time for a deceased donor kidney is three years.
  • Since donor and recipient surgeries are closely coordinated, the time the kidney is outside the body is minimized. As a result, living donor kidney transplants function better, have fewer complications, and last longer than deceased donor kidney transplants.
  • Living kidney donor surgeries are scheduled weeks ahead of time, allowing recipient and donor to plan for the transplant event.

Living donors do not always have to be family members. You can be emotionally related. Examples are your spouse, in-laws, or even friends. All potential donors undergo a comprehensive medical evaluation to ensure that donation is safe for them and the kidney is an acceptable match for you.

Learn more about living donation at Georgia Regents Medical Center.

Kidney Paired Donation is an option for recipients who cannot receive a kidney from their loved one due to an incompatibility.  The Georgia Regents Medical Center Kidney Transplant Program works with other organizations to identify a pair in a similar situation, meaning patients may benefit from a living donor transplant even if their loved one cannot donate to them.

Learn more about kidney paired donation:

Deceased Kidney Donor Transplants

If you do not have a living kidney donor, you will be placed on the national waiting list for a deceased donor kidney or kidney/pancreas transplant. The United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) is an agency which regulates the allocation of solid organs and maintains the national deceased donor waiting list.

At Georgia Regents Medical Center, the typical wait for a deceased donor transplant is two to five years. For some patients the wait may be shorter but for others it may be longer depending on your blood type, antibody level, and donor availability.

For patients placed on the list in 2003-2004, the national median waiting times are:

  • Blood group O 1852 days 5.14 years
  • Blood group A 1207 days 3.35 years
  • Blood group B 1935 days 5.38 years
  • Blood group AB 853 days 2.37 years

Source: OPTN (Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network), May 28, 2014

Learn about the kidney transplant process at Georgia Regents Medical Center.

For more information about Kidney and Pancreas Transplant services at Georgia Regents Medical Center, call 706-721-2888 or 1-800-736-2273, ext 2888 or e-mail kidney_transplant@gru.edu.