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Over 4,300 Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients have directly corresponded with KidneyBuzz.com for more information on the Artificial Implantable Kidney and how they may take part in Human Trials (if you are interested in human trials click here). Everyone that communicates with the KidneyBuzz.com Team always has questions. The following are answers to the most common questions our team is asked as it relates to (1) the progress of the Artificial Implantable Kidney and (2) how the device will actually work in Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients' bodies:
QUESTION: How many lives will the Artificial Implantable Kidney potentially save?
ANSWER: According to Transplant Surgeon, Dr. Jeffrey Campsen (University Hospital in Utah), the potential for saving lives is incredible. "I think over a 10-year period, millions and millions," the surgeon said.
QUESTION: What is the expected size of the Artificial Implantable Kidney?
ANSWER: All accounts suggest the device is the size of a coffee cup.
QUESTION: Will I be able to urinate again, as I did before having Kidney Failure if I choose to use the Artificial Implantable Kidney?
ANSWER: The Lead Researcher, Dr. Shuvo Roy (University of California) said, "The device is able to provide the functions of a kidney." NewsOK reported Dr. Roy mentioned, "It takes the blood, processes it, and generates a waste fluid like urine."
QUESTION: How does the Artificial Implantable Kidney work?
Answer: The small implantable device will not use pumps or electrical power. Instead, reports suggest that it will be able to function on blood pressure alone and has "super efficient membranes that filter toxins," which will provide much needed freedom for Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients. Dr. Campsen noted that currently patients have a very long process and wait time for a Kidney Transplant. "First you have to be put on the wait list," said the good doctor, "which can sometimes take a couple of years on top of that, some patients are waiting half a decade or a decade for a Kidney Transplant."
QUESTION: What is the expected survival rate of the Artificial Implantable Kidney itself? How often will I have to get a new one?
ANSWER: The device is meant to be permanent and The Kidney Project team is directing their effort towards that. Current testing and research suggest that it could be possible for the device to operate for many years, without failure. However, if failures occur, the replacement of the filter and/or cells would involve a minimally invasive surgery.
QUESTION: Has it been proven to work?
Answer: The Kidney Project is performing the small scale device testing in an iterative manner and, to date, has demonstrated filtration and vascular patency in components of the full device with success.
QUESTION: Where are the scientists in terms of research and trials?
Answer: University of California Researchers have already begun Pre-Clinical Studies.
QUESTION: Seriously, I am tired of waiting. When are the Researchers expected to start Human Trials? I will gladly serve as a guinea pig!
ANSWER: If The Kidney Project receives enough funding in a timely manner, they are expecting to reach clinical trials by the end of 2017. This timeline, however, will be delayed should they not receive enough funding in time.
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