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Health Highlight: Tue. 15, Aug.
Today’s Highlight(s): A look at some good news, UCLA Health transplanted their 10,000th kidney this past April.
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In an interview with the program’s medical director, Gabriel Danovitch, MD, who has been with the program since 1982, improvements in medication, the use of less invasive surgical techniques, and the program’s participation in the living donor exchange program have all helped shape this once-described small program into one of the most robust kidney transplant programs around. 2
Medications such as cyclosporine, introduced in the early 1980s, “[D]ramatically improved outcomes, setting the stage for an increase in successful transplants and paving the way for other organ transplantations.”
The creation of a transplant tolerance protocol involving the introduction of donor stem cells helps reduce transplant rejection.
Using less invasive laparoscopy to remove donor organs has helped reduce donor recovery times.
But the program’s living donor exchange program has had one of the biggest impacts.
DOUBLE-CLICK: Selected highlights from the article
“UCLA Health was the first program in Los Angeles to do kidney transplants for patients with HIV.”
“Since 2015, all UCLA Health kidney transplants have been performed at the Connie Frank Kidney Transplant Center at 200 UCLA Medical Plaza, a nearly 10,000-square-foot facility that replaced a smaller location.”
“In addition to being the largest transplant center in Southern California, UCLA Health is known for its pediatric kidney transplant program.” 2
Your Kidneys & How They Work (niddk.nih.gov)
Healthy kidneys filter about a half cup of blood every minute, removing wastes and extra water to make urine.
Programs for Donor/Recipient Pairs with Incompatible Blood Types (kidney.org)
Some transplant centers will help incompatible pairs of recipient/donors through a process called Kidney Paired Donation, or Paired Exchange, which involves two living donors and two recipients.
Why choose UCLA Health for kidney exchange? (uclahealth.org)
We are one of the largest kidney transplant programs in the country and have performed more than 8,000 adult and pediatric kidney transplants to-date.
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“Why choose UCLA Health for kidney transplant?”
“Milestone procedure for the UCLA Health Kidney Transplant Program”