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

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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

Breathing New Life Into Rejected Donor Lungs

It’s alive! Think Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein with the best of intentions. Cleveland Clinic researchers are reviving rejected donor lungs through an innovative new technique.  Surgeons are only able to use about 20 percent of lungs from donors. Addressing the donor lung shortage It’s a troubling fact: there are more patients in need of transplants than suitable donor lungs. Each year … Read More

Pancreas Transplants for Type 1 Diabetics

If you have type 1 diabetes, it might be hard to imagine life without insulin, but it’s possible for some patients with a novel treatment option: a pancreatic transplant. A successful pancreatic transplant gives patients freedom from insulin and intensive glucose monitoring. “It’s an excellent option for patients who have failed intensive medical therapy for type … Read More

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