Knoxville (WVLT) - The demand for organ transplants continues to be disproportionate to the supply.
There are two types of organ donors: Deceased and Living Donors. Living Donation as a viable option for people needing a kidney, pancreas, liver or lung transplant.
Today, there are 1, 752 people in Tennessee who need a life saving kidney transplant.
University of Tennessee Medical Center revitalized approached towards living kidney donation.
Living kidney donation reduces waiting time on the list
Living donation reduces the mortality of the patient on the waiting list
Living kidney donor operations occur at a scheduled time during the day, allowing both people to arrange their schedules for this life-changing event
Because the operation to remove the kidney is coordinated with the operation to transplant the kidney, the time the kidney is outside the body “on ice” is minimized. This produces better outcomes for the recipient.
Studies have shown the earlier a patient receives a transplant, the better the outcome. Dialysis takes a toll on the other organs and overall general health.
Different types of living donors:
Living Related Donation
Healthy blood relatives of transplant candidates. They can be:
brothers and sisters
children over 18 years of age
other blood relatives (aunts, uncles, cousins, half brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews)
Living Unrelated Donation
Healthy individuals emotionally close to, but not related by blood to transplant candidates. They can be:
co-workers, neighbors or other acquaintances
Non-directed donors are living donors who are not related to or known by the recipient, but make their donation purely out of selfless motives.
Individuals who are interested in becoming non-directed donors should contact transplant centers in their area to discuss the possibility of becoming a donor.
General Living Donor Requirements
· While many people are willing to be living donors, not everyone has the qualities necessary to participate in living donation.
· At a minimum, all potential donors must be genuinely willing to donate, physically fit, in good general health; and free from high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, kidney disease and heart disease.
· Individuals considered for living donation are usually between 18-60 years of age.
· Gender and race are not factors in determining a successful match.
· However, we would like to evaluate all potential donors willing to step forward
Paired Donor Exchange
· A paired exchange donation consists of two kidney donor/recipient pairs whose blood types are not compatible. The two recipients trade donors so that each recipient can receive a kidney with a compatible blood type.
If you would like to become a living donor or neee more information about UT Medical Center's Transplant Center, call (865) 305-9236.