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Kidney transplant

 

History

Kidney transplantation was introduced to the UK by Sir Michael Woodruff, a general surgeon who worked at the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh. In 1960, he performed the first successful kidney transplant in the UK using the patient’s identical twin brother as a living donor. Subsequent transplants met with varied success as immunosuppressive drugs had not been developed as yet.

Sir Roy Calne, another British Surgeon pioneered research in immunosuppression in the 1960's. His work on the use of the drug Cyclosporin revolutionised the field of tansplantation.

Kidney transplantation is now an established discipline and widely regarded as one of the best methods of managing kidney failure. In 2013-2014 3,257 kidney transplants were carried out in the United Kingdom

A bit about kidney transplantation

If someone develops kidney failure they can be candidates for a kidney transplant. They will first need to be assessed by the medical team to make sure they are suitable for the procedure. They are often referred to as 'recipients'.

Organ donors are of two main types - living and deceased.

Living donors are healthy individuals who express a wish to donate their kidneys. They are often members of the family or close friends. They would need to be assessed medically for their suitability for donation.

Sometimes healthy people might wish to donate their kidney with no particular person in mind. This would then go to the next person on the national transplant waiting list. Such donors are often called 'Altruistic donors'.

Deceased donors are people who have recently died but their kidneys were functioning normally at the time. They might have expressed a desire to donate their organs previously or carry an organ donor card. They can often donate multiple organs at the same time.


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