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What Is The Latest Technology Of Heart Transplants
Immunosuppression: Heart transplant surgery is actually relatively straightforward. The key to survival is the post-operative care, especially immunosuppression to make sure the heart is not rejected and monitoring for complications of immunosuppression to prevent exotic infections. The other key factor in heart transplant survival is how the other organ systems are doing (especially kidney and lung function). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In medicine: a transfer from one body or body part to another of an organ (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas bowel) or tissue (hand, face, hair). The immune system fights foreign invaders (like infections) so it will reject transplants from other people (allotransplants) because they look like infections. So transplants usually require drugs to ...Read more
Assist Devices: The transplant operation hasn't changed recently but there arent enough donors for all the patients with severe heart failure. So the latest technology is the assist devices (lvads) which are pumps that can serve as a bridge while waiting for transplant, or even as a long-term alternative to transplant, especially for older patients. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Living: Most patients are not transplanted unless they fail all traditional therapeutic options. They have little hope of any long term survival. Left ventricular assist devices are being used as a bridge but without a transplant pts have a very poor long term outlook. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Heart transplant sta: National Heart Transplant Statistics: The national 6 month heart transplant survival rate increased from 86.1% in 1999 to 91.6% in 2009 The national 1 year heart transplant survival rate increased from 81.5% in 1991 to 88.6% in 2008 The national 5 year heart transplant survival rate increased from 66.2% in 1993 to 73.1% in 2004 The national 10 year heart transplant survival rate increased from 45.7% in 1991 to 53% in 1999 ...Read more
Pretty good: The surgery not very comlicated and is almost always successful , if there is a good match. The survival is ~70% in 5 years. As rejection prevention strategies improve the long term survival will improve further. ...Read more
Age Matched Activity: A transplanted heart that is working well will replace the functions of the failed heart. The recipient can do most things that others his/her age can do. There is something called the transplant olympics, and some recipients perform amazing things; you would be quite surprised at the number that have run marathons. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I suffer from keratoconus? What is the success rate of corneal transplants? And what is the cost?
Newer treatments: The answer to your question only if you absolutely need a transplant is 95% and around $8500. But the real question is do you really need a corneal transplant. There are better treatments for keratoconus these days before resorting to a corneal transplant. one of many is intra-corneal rings specially the newer smaller and smaller diameter rings are better than corneal transplants. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Heart lung machine: The heart lung machine, also known as pump oxygenator, receives blood returning to the heart, adds oxygen to it, and then pumps the blood into the patient's aorta. The lungs and heart are bypassed. There is also a machine called an organ care system which keeps the donor heart beating until it is transplanted. That machine was first used in 2006. Otherwise the heart is cooled before transplant. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Survival: All transplants are for end stage disease, not amenable to other therapies- or failing those. The immunosupression was an amazing advance as well as matching for best survival. The surgical, techniques are relatively straightforward compared to, some other heart operations. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Used non-manipulated: Use of adult mesenchymal stem-stromal cells (mscs) are currently in clinical trial in us/internationally. Trend is toward use of fat derived mscs, havested by liposuction, isolated and concentrated in tissue culture. Early reports suggest significant improvement in neurological, autoimmune and organ functions. Many more mscs in fat than bone marrow making ad-msc the center of most research now. ...Read more
Live longer: Heart transplantation is reserved for end stage heart failure where the quality of life is poor (patients have symptoms with minimal exertion or at rest) and death is imminent (usually one year survival less than 50%). A new heart gives patients an excellent quality of life and longevity (average person survives ~ 12 years after a transplant, with some surviving close to 20 years). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Bypass longivity: I often hear patients claim they were told bypasses last 10 years... Not true anymore. Maybe so in the past, but no longer with improved treatments available for cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes etc... I have patients who are 20+ years after surgery and doing well, very well indeed. Of course much depends upon what the patient does. My best advice is only as good as it is being practiced. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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