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How risky is a pancreatic transplant?

How risky is a pancreatic transplant?

Risk vs benefit: To fully understand about the risk of an organ transplant, start with the risk of not getting the transplant and continuing with your medical therapy. Then the risk of getting the transplant will be easier to understand. It should be less than the non operative therapy. Surgical risk is never zero, but it should offer a significant benefit to the alternative. Life long immunosuppresion is required. ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Transplant (Definition)

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


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How long is a pouch operation for reversing a stoma bag? And is there a risk in that kind of a operation removing rectum and making a pouch

How long is a pouch operation for reversing a stoma bag? And is there a risk in that kind of a operation removing rectum and making a pouch

Pouch: the lengthy of the operation depends on whether you have a diverting ileostomy with a pouch connected already, usually to your Anus already versus, having to create a pouch, keeping your stoma and there when things are healed going for final reversal. The risks are the usual leak rate, but the higher risk is having issues with your pouch long term, ask a colorectal surgeon. ...Read more

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How is a open heart transplant performed?

How is a open heart transplant performed?

Carefully!: Seriously though, the patient is placed on cardiopulmonary bypass, the donor heart is readied, the recipient heart is arrested and removed - usually the back walls of the atria are left behind, that is where the new heart is grafted. Immunosuppressant may be given and the patient is weaned off bypass and the donor heart takes over. ...Read more

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How dangerous of a surgery is a heart transplant?

How dangerous of a surgery is a heart transplant?

Better than altern.: Heart transplant recipients can now days expect nearly a 90% 1 yr survival and 75% at 5 years. This therapy is for patients with end stage heart failure who otherwise have a poor quality of life and limited prognosis without transplant or lvad. ...Read more

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How is a colostomy usually done?

How is a colostomy usually done?

Surgery: A colostomy is a surgical procedure where the colon is divided after which the upstream part is sewn to the abdominal wall so that the bowel contents can be collected in a bag worn on the abdominal wall, thereby bypassing the anus. This may be permanent (for low rectal cancer) or temporary (after emergency colon surgery). This may be done via laparoscopic or open surgery, depending on the reason. ...Read more

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What is an umbilical cord blood transplant, and is it a risky procedure?

What is an umbilical cord blood transplant, and is it a risky procedure?

Not risky: Umbilical cord blood transfusion is used in children as infusion and also has alternative use in different diseases as malignancies and immune deficiency diseases as stem cell transplantation .No risk to patient, immediately available ,has low infection rate and it is successful procedure. It can be done to related or unrelated persons . ...Read more

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What is the success in a pancreas transplant?

Results: The international pancreas transplant registry (iptr) and the organ procurement and transplant network (optn) have data available on line. 1 yr pt survival ranges from 95.5-97.4. Graft survival at 1 yr is 78-85 depending on type of transplant with the best results reported for spk. Some centers are reporting 1 year graft survival rates in the 89-90% range with certain immunosuppresion regimens. ...Read more

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Can an intestine transplantation be done to a patient with an intestine comletely removed and currently is in icu?

Can an intestine transplantation be done to a patient with an intestine comletely removed and currently is in icu?

Possible: This question is too complicated to be addressed in this forum. Intestinal transplants are not common and you need to consult your doctors to assess the suitability of the patient for the procedure. ...Read more

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How long is the timeline for a person with stage IV small intestine cancer?

How long is the timeline for a person with stage IV small intestine cancer?

No such timeline: No scientific physician has ever given a person x-number of months / years to survive. The patient may have the inferior vena cava undergo thrombosis or a mass become infected and die tomorrow. Five percent of these people are alive in five years. http://www.cancer.org/cancer/smallintestinecancer/detailedguide/small-intestine-cancer-survival-rates. ...Read more

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How is a liver biopsey performed?

How is a liver biopsey performed?

Varies: Thirty years ago, the physician would just tap out the liver and using a suction needle obtain tissue. For the most part today, the liver is seen under ultrasound and a spring-loaded needle obtains the tissue. ...Read more

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What is the type of tubing is used in a liver transplant bypass?

What is the type of tubing is used in a liver transplant bypass?

Inert vascular tubes: A type of sterile, inert, plastic tubing is used for veno-venous bypass. There are a number of suppliers that produce medical grade vascular tubing. ...Read more

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How is the equipment used when performing a laparoscopic colon resection?

How is the equipment used when performing a laparoscopic colon resection?

Multiple instruments: First a trocar is inserted with a camera in it so entry into the abdomen is assured. The abdomen is then inflated with carbon dioxide gas. Next an additional two to four trocars are inserted while watched with the camera. Multiple different instruments are inserted through these including graspers, dissectors and staplers to remove the diseased clon segment and place the remaining ends together. ...Read more

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I have a small ovarian dermoid cyst that needs to be removed laprascopically. As a mother of 2 babies, what is the recovery time for this procedure?

I have a small ovarian dermoid cyst that needs to be removed laprascopically.  As a mother of 2 babies, what is the recovery time for this procedure?

A few days: If all goes well, you should be able to do your usual functions in 2-3 days. Do discuss the matter with your doctor so that s/he may advice about avoiding some activities that may be in your routine, for a few days more. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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How is a liver biopsy performed and how long is this procedure?

How is a liver biopsy performed and how long is this procedure?

Uses imaging: Either ct scan or ultrasound for guidance. Small amount of sedation. Skin will be numbed with lidocaine. Small needle will take samples. See radiologyinfo.Org. ...Read more

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Is the sub pleural lobe a organ ? What can be done if a metastises is in this area?

Is the sub pleural lobe a organ ? What can be done if a metastises is in this area?

It is part of Lung: Pleura is a thin membrane like covering over our lungs. So when a tumor nodule lies in the periphery of the lung tissue, the radiologist may label it as sub-pleural ...meaning it is located immediately deep to or under the pleural surface.In terms of how to treat it, it can be removed easily with surgery(VATS procedure) or it may be treated with radiotherapy...its your doctor's choice. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis after a liver transplant?

What is the prognosis after a liver transplant?

Usually excellent: Liver transplantation should only be performed for those expected to survive at least 3 years, one of the us government's key outcome measures for transplant programs. Two categories of liver disease are generally linked to a worse prognosis because they can recur (come back) - cancer and hepatitis. Other patients should do well provided they take their medications and follow good health habits. ...Read more

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If stomach cancer has spread to pancreas, and pancreas can't be removed (even partially), is a complete transplant of the pancreas a viable solution?

If stomach cancer has spread to pancreas, and pancreas can't be removed (even partially), is a complete transplant of the pancreas a viable solution?

No: I'm sorry about this situation. If the stomach cancer's gotten this far, there is basically zero chance that it's not gone elsewhere. Nobody's going to donate a pancreas for this even if it were feasible. Your choice is radiation / chemotherapy and palliative care. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate of a patient with complete liver damage if they have a liver transplant. ?

What is the survival rate of a patient with complete liver damage if they have a liver transplant. ?

Liver transplant : Actually, the survival rates following liver transplantation for acute liver failure is very good overall with as many as 90% of patients doing well at one year and long term depending on the underlying cause of the liver damage. ...Read more

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I have a family member who will be undergoing cardiac bypass surgery soon. How is the leg vessel "fixed" after a portion is removed for the surgery?

I have a family member who will be undergoing cardiac bypass surgery soon. How is the leg vessel "fixed" after a portion is removed for the surgery?

Collaterals: Often if multiple bypasses are needed, veins are harvested from the leg for use. Post operatively part of rehab is walking and may require compression hose to prevent swelling in the leg till the body replaces the removed vein with new small veins that will take over the job of returning blood to the central circulation. Walking and exercise will encourage the growth that may take multiple months. ...Read more

Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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Small Intestine (Definition)

The small intestine is the intestinal tract that lies between the stomach and the colon. It is involved in digesting and absorbing most of the nutrients we need ...Read more