12.7% of removed kidneys were not used in 2002, and this number increased in 2011 as 17.9% of removed kidneys were discarded. A substantial increase in the number of candidates on the Kidney Transplant Waiting List and relatively flat organ donation rates has caused a decrease in transplants since 1998. As a consequence, in the past 3 years, more than 20,000 Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) patients have been removed from the waiting list because they died or became too sick to undergo transplant. The fact that an increasing number of kidneys are being discarded each year in America is a growing problem for those with CKD. How can you increase your chances of obtaining a Kidney Transplant?
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Even if you take into account bad biopsy findings (37 percent), poor organ function (9.2 percent) and anatomical abnormalities (7 percent) 16 percent of kidneys are discarded every year because no recipient could be identified, according to data from a report by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). Donor kidneys are only discarded after being offered locally, regionally and nationally. So you may want to give yourself an edge at accessing unused kidneys by Multi-Listing (listing at more than one transplant center). There is a lot of material that outlines how to Multi-List yourself, but there are also Organizations that can assist you with the Multi-Listing process. You may want to take advantage of free website applications that allow you to find Transplant Centers in your region with the lowest wait time which can help you determine where you may want to Wait List yourself.
To further accelerate your time on the Kidney Transplant Waiting List, consider asking a loved one for a Living Donation. KidneyBuzz.com empathizes with you about the difficulty and emotional complexity of discussing your need for a kidney with your family and friends. In spite of that, it is important that you pursue this strategy to substantially increase your chances of receiving a Kidney Transplant. For more information on how to effectively talk to a loved one about donating his/her kidney to you, feel free to read an earlier article Those with Chronic Kidney Disease can Comfortably Discuss Need for Kidney.
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Many ask individuals in their age group to be a living donor, but this may not be the most effective strategy as studies indicate that 10 to 20 percent of seniors over the age of 70 would be willing and able to donate a kidney to a loved one. Reports suggest that surgery is safe and complications are relatively uncommon when senior donors are carefully selected. Seniors who have been able to serve as living donors in the past usually gave their kidneys to their children (37 percent), partners (35 percent), siblings (14 percent) and other relatives or friends, so if you have not asked an older adult in your life to donate, you may want to consider having this discussion with them.
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If blood and tissue do not match between a potential donor and recipient then your Kidney Transplant will fail. However, Kidney Paired Donation (KPD) has become the fastest growing source of transplantable kidneys, overcoming the barrier faced by living donors deemed incompatible with their intended recipients. A recent Johns Hopkins study shows that greater use of this exchange mechanism would help more individuals with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) receive transplants. In other cases some Kidney Transplant Centers have pioneered the method of plasmapheresis, where they can limit harmful antibodies prior to your transplant to prevent your body from attacking and rejecting your new kidney.
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Together these strategies may serve as a Fast Track of sorts, and by adopting them KidneyBuzz.com is confident that you can potentially increase your chances of receiving a kidney sooner. Discuss with your Transplant Team these options and others available to you to best determine your strategical approach given constraints on your time and energy level. Please note that if you would like more detail on any of the topics discussed in this article, you can contact KidneyBuzz.com at email: email@example.com and we can direct you to more in depth and expansive information to put you on the inside track.
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