Learn more about how Ohio State is leading the way in organ transplantation!
Why choose Ohio State for kidney transplant?
Expertise: We perform more than 250 kidney transplants a year, including adult living donor transplants, making us one of the top 20 transplant programs by volume in the United States. A kidney transplant from a living donor is the best option for a patient with end-stage kidney disease. Our program is focused on expanding access to living kidney donation by overcoming blood type incompatibility through our kidney donor exchange program. In early 2020, we completed an 8-way kidney donor exchange consisting of 8 living donors and 8 recipients. This bested our previous chain, a 6-way, performed in 2011. Our 8-way is the largest, single-institution living kidney donor exchange to date in Ohio, and one of only a handful in the country.
Experience: Our Comprehensive Transplant Center has one of the largest organ transplant programs in the nation and is a preferred provider for all major insurance companies. Each year we perform nearly 600 kidney, liver, pancreas, combined kidney-pancreas, heart and lung transplants. Since our program started in 1967, we have performed 12,000 lifesaving organ transplants including 8,000 kidney transplants.
Kidney transplant research: We participate in clinical trials of new immunosuppressive drugs and antirejection therapies including novel cell therapy to prevent kidney transplant failure.
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is the only location in Ohio to offer the FREEDOM-1 study, a Phase 3 clinical trial to potentially free kidney transplant patients from the lifelong burden of anti-rejection medicine. If you plan to receive a kidney transplant from a living donor, you and your living donor may be eligible to participate.
Why kidney transplant from a living donor is the best option?
There are currently three options for treatment of end-stage kidney disease: 1. dialysis, 2. kidney transplant from a deceased donor, or 3. kidney transplant from a living donor.
With dialysis, a machine is used to artificially clean the blood, doing the work of a healthy kidney. It’s time-consuming and exhausting, as frequent as three times a week for up to four hours each session. While a patient can remain on dialysis for many years, it’s not a cure for kidney disease. In fact, ten percent of patients on dialysis die each year while waiting for a kidney transplant. For some groups, such as elderly patients and patients with diabetes, there is an even greater risk of dying.
A kidney transplant is the preferred treatment option for patients with end-stage kidney disease. But the demand for kidneys from deceased donors is greater than the number available – which means patients can wait years for a kidney transplant, often growing weaker while waiting.
The best and fastest option for kidney transplant is to receive a kidney from a living donor.
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