Keeping the body's systems running with a donated heart, kidney, liver, lung, or pancreas.
Fighting blood cancers and diseases with infusions of stem cells.
Rebuilding and replacing skin, bone, cartilage, or corneas.
Transplanting complex body structures such as hands, face, and larynx and trachea.
The primary source of donated organs. Limited by the nation's organ shortage and how quickly the organ can reach the recipient.
Recipients with donors who aren't a match can swap donors to find compatible kidneys or form a chain with other donor/recipient pairs.
Living donors have one of three collection methods performed:
The first successful kidney transplant took place 60+ years ago. Innovations continue to expand the potential to save and improve lives.
Drug side-effects can be avoided and patients who may not have been candidates in the past can receive transplants.
Robotic and minimally invasive methods allow surgeons to perform surgeries that would have been impossible in the past.
Surgeons are now able to take on transplants such as hand, face and larynx-trachea while using new technologies to optimize results.
Ability to reduce rejection rates by using a liver-transplanted-first approach in liver/kidney and liver/heart transplants.
Using the body's own cells to grow tissue and bypass the need for anti-rejection drugs.
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