This article is from the Organ Transplant FAQ, by email@example.com (Michael Holloway) with numerous contributions by others.
We (UNOS) maintain(s) data on center-specific graft and patient
survival. The current report covers all transplants occurring between
10/1/87 and 12/31/91. You can request data free on up to 10 transplant
programs; after that we recommend you purchase either the set of data or
the specific volume you need. I believe the entire report is also
available via ftp on some obscure HCFA site; even I don't know the
address. (I'd warn you, though -- it's a huge report.)
That report will tell you quite a bit, but there's a lot it can't. There
are some risk factors we're unable to quantify at this point but might
affect outcome. There is also pure chance, which we can never completely
eliminate. For example, a recipient with a perfectly functioning
transplant who gets run over by a truck is still counted as a death,
graft-related or not.
The numbers can never tell you the whole story, either. I think any
surgeon or physician would tell you that the patient's outlook and
attitude have a great effect on outcome. If you really like (or
really hate) the care you're getting, the numbers have less meaning.
I'd advise you to look at the numbers, get some recommendations from
people in similar need, and then talk to the people at the program(s).