Every 10 minutes, a new person adds his or her name to the national waiting list for an organ transplant. Some people die waiting, while many of us don’t even realize we can help.
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.
Donating your organs is an important decision. Get the answers to common questions about what it means when you sign up to be an organ donor.
Black men and women make up a little more than 13 percent of the U.S. population. But they make up more than 30 percent of Americans with kidney failure.
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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
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
If your heart or liver fail, an organ transplant can save your life. If your face becomes disfigured, a face transplant can help you eat, speak, see and function on your own in the world. Who might need a face transplant? An injured veteran. An auto accident survivor. A burn victim. Someone born with a … Read More
Whether it’s a heart, lung, kidney or liver, many people assume that transplantation is a last resort in treating a failing organ. But in the case of kidney disease, transplantation is actually the first line of treatment for patients who are candidates to receive a new kidney. “A kidney transplant is not a last resort; … Read More
Today’s plastic surgeons do amazing work. But normal reconstructions are impossible when damage is extensive. Astonishing advances in reconstructive transplantation offer hope. These lengthy, intricate procedures use healthy tissues from deceased donors. [tn3 origin=”album” ids=”634″ transitions=”default”] Illustrations by Mark Sabo, Cleveland Clinic Center for Medical Art & Photography
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