An estimated 26 million people nationwide are living with chronic kidney disease (CKD), and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases states that more than 661,000 Americans have kidney failure. Of these, 468,000 Americans are on dialysis – the highest rate of any country in the world.
While the number of kidney transplants slightly increased in 2016, the demand for kidneys continues to grow and the number of available kidneys simply cannot keep up. Of the 19,060 kidney transplants performed in the U.S. in 2016, 13,431 came from deceased donors and 5,629 from living donors.
The Texas Transplant Institute at Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospitall has done more live donor kidney transplants than any other medical center in the U.S. Last December, the hospital performed its 200th live-donor kidney transplant of 2016 and marked the most kidney transplants of its kind ever completed in a single year at a transplant center in the United States, according to hospital officials.
The kidney transplant program at Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital provides patients a possible solution for their kidney disease, and is trying to shorten the wait for a kidney, which currently averages about six to eight years.
Learn more about this crisis and how The Texas Transplant Institute at Methodist is taking major steps to help. Read the full article on the Rivard Report here.
The Texas Transplant Institute at Methodist offers an educational seminar three to four times a year. The series (and videos here) teach people how to “End Your Wait” with an education program explaining living kidney donation and how to go about finding a donor on their own.