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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ORGAN TRANSPLANTS

Dr. T. Narender Kumar, Monday, November 4, 2019

Organ transplant is the surgical removal of a healthy organ from a person’s body and transplanting it into another whose organ has failed to function. It’s a life savior act which gives a new hope and lease to life. Sometimes the body rejects the organ. Hence, it’s very essential to have a thorough knowledge on organ transplants.


ORGAN TRANSPLANT-AN OVERVIEW:

  • The organ transplants are usually kidney, liver, lungs, intestine and pancreas.
  • Through Vascularised Composite Allografts (V.C.A.’s) procedure one can get a face and hands transplanted.
  • The most common transplants till date are the kidneys while the least and the rarest transplants are the intestines.
  • Double transplant saves time and helps in faster recovery of the patient. The most common double transplants are kidneys and pancreas or heart and lungs.
  • Organs also need to be matched with the donors with regards to several characteristics the recipient body demands.


GET PROACTIVE AND START LOOKING:

Your doctor will guide you to transplant centres, organizations etc. You may have to register with them and start looking even before the news of the transplant bogs you down emotionally. You may have to educate yourself on the pros and cons of the probable transplant and get mentally prepared with the various aspects of it.


GETTING ENLISTED IN THE ORGAN TRANSPLANT CENTRE:

You and your doctor will be notified by the organizations. You can expect an appointment with medical team. They inspect your medical history, your health and other statuses to check if you can be enlisted on their donor exchange programs.


ORGAN TRANSPLANT POLICIES:

  • The recipient has an option to choose the donor whether he wants it from a deceased donor and or from a healthy donor. The wait sometimes will be as long as 6 to 8 years.
  • The transplant centers captures the complete data of the patient’s waiting list, the type of organ he seeks etc.
  • The organ transplant centers, the donor procurement organizations and the tissue typing labs work together so that the requirements are handled better without any delay.
  • These organizations keep a track of the record from the day he gets enlisted for an organ transplant till the day he has undergone an organ transplant and even after.


WHAT ARE YOUR ORGAN DONOR OPTIONS?

  • Your living organ donor could be your daughter, spouse or a friend who is willing to donate.
  • If your living donor is not compatible with the recipient donor he can go for proxy donor. By doing so he the required recipient is pushed up in the waiting list.
  • In paired kidney exchanges you can swap the donors to the recipients who are compatible and vice versa.
  • Buying an organ is treated as an offence in most of the nations worldwide.


WHY K.I.M.S?

K.I.M.S puts you in touch with the centres and the potential donors. It not only helps you find the matching donors but also assures your transplant procedure is conducted successfully through one of the Best Transplant Surgeons in India.

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