You may have recently been told that you need or may need a transplant. Before you become eligible to receive a transplant, it’s important to learn more about the procedure itself – understanding the life-time commitment involved and realizing that not everyone who needs a transplant will ultimately receive one.
The number of transplant procedures performed in the U.S. is limited by the number of donor organs available. Unfortunately, there are many more people who need a transplant than there are organs available. In fact, in the U.S. alone, there are:
· More than 100,000 people waiting for an organ transplant
· Approximately 17,000 patients on the liver transplant waiting list with only about 4,500 donors per year
· Approximately 80,000 patients on the kidney transplant waiting list with fewer than 20,000 donors per year.
The Center for Abdominal Transplant at SLU Hospital works tirelessly to match donors with eligible recipients.
Transplant Process at SLU Hospital
At Saint Louis University Hospital, the transplant process begins when a physician refers a patient to our Center. Once the referral information is received, one of our transplant nurse coordinators will set up appointments for the patient with many specialists on the transplant team to evaluate whether or not transplantation is an appropriate treatment. As part of the evaluation, the patient will be required to attend a class to obtain in depth education from various members of our team. This is a great opportunity for the patient to ask questions and learn more about transplantation and life after transplantation.
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