How to Shorten the Wait for Heart Transplant

Heart transplant is the best treatment for people with end-stage heart failure. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough donor hearts to go around. Many patients die waiting for one. But Cleveland Clinic heart transplant specialist Eileen Hsich, MD, has proposed a way to fix the problem.

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Will New Rules Change Your Wait for a Kidney or Lung?

The wait for a donor kidney or lung may get shorter — at least for some on transplant wait lists. That’s because of recent changes to the U.S. transplant system. In December 2014, the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN)/United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) introduced a new way of matching transplant candidates with donor kidneys. … Read More

Cleveland Clinic Performs Second Face Transplant (Video)

In a 24.5-hour surgery in late September, nine Cleveland Clinic surgeons and multiple specialists performed the hospital’s second face transplant on a middle-aged man who suffered severe facial trauma and other complications from a car accident. The surgery included transplantation of about two-thirds of the scalp, the forehead, upper and lower eyelids, eye sockets, nose, … Read More

Face Transplant: Rebuilding Lives

Face transplants can restore the ability to eat, speak, see and function independently in the world. Discover how tissue donation works. Find out how you can help rebuild lives.

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February 14 is National Donor Day, Too

Today across the U.S., more than 117,000 people are waiting for that gift of life from an organ donor. Trauma, bone damage, spinal injuries, burns, hearing impairment and vision loss are all reasons why someone may need an organ, tissue or blood donation at some point in their lives. It could happen to any one … Read More

Status Update: Organ Donor

Early this month on Facebook, among all the vacation pictures and details of daily life, people started to add a much more important kind of “status update” — declaring themselves organ donors on the social network. Within a day after Facebook added a feature that allows people to declare themselves organ donors, more than 100,000 … Read More