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133 Looking for a Transplant Center




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This article is from the Organ Transplant FAQ, by mike_holloway@hotmail.com (Michael Holloway) with numerous contributions by others.

133 Looking for a Transplant Center


When looking for a transplant center, you should realize that many
excellent places exist. Gather all the information you can. Ask for names
of other patients and talk to them. Ask these patients if they know of
unhappy patients, and try to contact them. Transplant patients are
generally willing to talk about their experiences. Ask the transplant
center staff about the waiting times, the patient and graft survival rates,
and the number of transplants done per year. Transplant surgeons are
generally willing to talk about these issues. Look at all these factors as
well as your own convenience. Yes, for a "gift of life" the extra added
effort may be worth traveling to a center you like, but don't assume a
distant center is best merely because it is hard to get to.

Also, don't focus TOO much on the numbers: use them not to specifically
rank centers but to rule out places that seem sub-par. You should realize
that a center that does only twenty transplants a year, while it may be an
excellent place, can be devastated by bad luck statistically. Each lost
graft can cut the graft survival down by 5%. If over time, a center
averages three lost grafts a year, but by chance, they lose 5 or 6 grafts
in one year, it may make an excellent center look terrible. The reverse can
happen with very good results from a small center. They may be just one
patient away from having three graft losses in a row, and their above
average statistics will plummet. Also, many times a lower graft survival
just indicates that a particular center does more high risk patients, not
that they are any worse a transplant center. So use survival statistics
with caution and in conjunction with all the rest of the information that
you can find.

Good luck.

Jeff Punch
Transplantation Surgery
University of Michigan
jeff.punch@umich.edu

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