Many patients are sitting on the edge of their seats as they prepare for the upcoming launch of the Artificial Implantable Kidney Human Trials. As most Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients know, the Artificial Implantable Kidney is a compact, surgically implanted, free-standing device to treat End Stage Renal Disease in substitute to traditional Dialysis Treatments. While some disagree when it will be available for wide patient use, what is not arguable at this time, is that (1) it is a real potential alternative to Dialysis, and (2) Human Trials are expected to begin 2019. The following address many more of the questions that patients have been dying to know such as; How many people will be selected for the first round of Human Trials, what is the Artificial Implantable Kidney made out of, will Immunosuppressant Medication be necessary, and will this small device really be powerful enough to disrupt the forty-billion-dollar Dialysis Industry?
1.) What Is The Device Made Of?
Many Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients wonder what the Artificial Implantable Kidney is made-up-of. This is an understandable question since it will likely be in their bodies and sustain patients' lives should it be viable for wide-market use. According to the Research Team, a main component of the device is silicon. “Silicon is the most perfected man-made material on Earth,” said Lead Researcher, Shuvo Roy. The filters of the Artificial Implantable Kidney are likely to be completely silicon to make sure there is not an immune response—similar to Kidney Transplant Rejection. Stacks of silicon filters are expected to act as a screen to keep the body’s natural immune cells physically separated from kidney cells which would be embedded in the Artificial Implantable Kidney.
2.) How Many People Are Being Considered For Human Trials?
Thanks to the work of patients such as yourself and organizations like KidneyBuzz.com, there are nearly 9,000 patients already signed up to the project’s waitlist, ready to be contacted when clinical trials get the green light. If you have not already signed up, then contact KidneyBuzz.com right now for more information about consideration by completing the below form:
3.) How Many People Will Be Selected For The First Round Of Human Trials?
According to the Technology Publication, Wired News, "The plan is to start small—maybe ten patients tops—to test the safety of the silicon filter’s materials." Researchers have suggested that clotting is the biggest concern, so they will surgically implant the device in each participant’s abdomen for a month to make sure that does not happen. If that goes well they will do a follow-up study to make sure it actually filters blood in humans the way it’s supposed to. Larger studies will likely occur in which the Research Team will combine the filter with the full device to test the complete capacity of the Artificial Implantable Kidney.
4.) When Will The Artificial Implantable Kidney Come To A Hospital Near You?
Many patients will be overjoyed to learn that the scientists familiar with the research expect to arrive at the final stage of clinical trials, and regulatory approval, by 2020! That may seem very fast to many, but for patients on or nearing Dialysis, it is not fast enough. That said, Dr. Joseph Vassalotti (Nephrologist in Manhattan and the Chief Medical Officer for the National Kidney Foundation) noted “the more choices patients have the better.” Even though he’s skeptical the device will become a reality within the next few years reported Wired News, Dr. Vassalotti also stated, “During World War II we didn’t think Dialysis would be possible. Now half a million Americans are being treated with it. It’s amazing the progress just a few decades makes.”
5.) Things we do not yet know.
We are still awaiting a few critical pieces of information including a specific testing date, criteria for those selected, and any geographic factors which may eliminate some participants. Stay tuned and continue to visit KidneyBuzz.com for the latest about the Artificial Implantable Kidney as well as daily news and information which teaches those with Chronic Kidney Disease, Dialysis, Diabetes, and Kidney Transplant how to better manage and improve their lives.
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