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How Much Does A Kidney Transplant Cost
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
Too much.: A bmt and all of the aftercare needed would be very expensive, easily in the hundreds of thousands of dollars if paid for at "standard rates." insurance companies negotiate rates for transplants on behalf of their beneficiaries, but it still is very expensive. Sometimes academic will agree to give charity care, but a bmt would be beyond what they usually do. ...Read more
A lot: Hopefully covered by insurance. However is cheaper in long run than permanent dialysis. There is cost of initial tissue typing ; same for proposed donors. Cost of donor kidney harvesting, whether live or cadaveric. Then cost of transplant surgery ; post-operative hospital care. ; medications (about $100k). Cheaper 2b done in turkey (about $20, 000) india or thailand where they cater to foreigners. ...Read more
A lot: A liver transplant costs well into multiple of six figures. The biggest cost is associated not with the actual transplant event, but with the requisite immunosuppressive meds afterwards. Yes, medicaid will pay for liver transplant, but not all liver transplant programs accept medicaid these days due to the increasingly poor reimbursement rates that often don't even cover the cost incurred. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
7 of 10 live >3 yrs: Many factors help determine how long anyone lives, particularly once they have had a liver transplant. Key is following medical advice, taking the anti-rejection drugs and sharing medical information with the txp team. Current survival rates include 9 out of 10 recipients living 1 yr or more. And 7 out of 10 live 3 yrs or more. Lots of recipients live many yrs. ...Read more
Usually 3-6 hrs: Factors determining the length include the technical issues, the anesthesia care (going to sleep + waking up), + equipment issues (example is changing a blown out light bulb - surgeons have to be able to see what they are doing!). A kidney txp requires 3 connections - artery, vein + ureter. If the pt is obese, has arterial disease, prior txps, or the kidney has unusual anatomy, it may take longer. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Thousands up to 20x: Angiogram means blood picture; pictures show a 2d image, still or motion, of dye added into the blood, so that the dye/blood column shows on x-ray. The equipment required to perform is expensive (100k to 4m) & experience required to perform then reasonably safely is high (translate that more money). I have seen client bills: only hospital charges, out-pt <1 day, procedures i did in past, over $30k. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
LAB FERTILIZATION: Ivf means the egg and sperm are fertillized in the lab, in a petri dish rather than in a womans tubes. Traditionally the female is given fertility medications to help the ovary to make more than one egg and then the eggs are removed from the ovary. The eggs and sperm are put together in the lab in a petri dish to fertilize. Several days later, the embryo is transferred into the uterus. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
2-4 hours in general: Of course there are many factors that determine the length of any surgery - complexity of the anatomy, previous surgeries, size of the patient, risks of bleeding, to name a few. However, for a first time kidney transplant in a normal sized person, the average time is 2-4 hours from start to finish. There will be extra time to go to sleep at the start, prepare the patient, and to wake up after. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
OK, but not great: Azathioprine (aza) was the mainstay of drug therapy from the early 1960's to the early 1980's. It works primarily by preventing t-cells from getting excited, multiplying, and attacking the graft. One-year graft survival using aza was approximately 50% while more modern drugs used today result in 95% survival. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It varies, depending: It depends on what they are looking for in the bone marrow. If it is for a blood disorder we would order specific tests necessary to make the diagnosis. If it if for poor blood formation then it is simply looking for various blood cells and not be doing too much further specialized tests. My estimate would be that it is upwards of $250....could add up to $1,000, if additional tests are added . ...Read more
Kidneys anatomically require connection to an artery for blood supply, a vein for blood drainage and the bladder for urine outflow. In a transplant a healthy kidney is disconnected from its usual attachments and moved to a new location with those 3 requirements (artery, vein, bladder). This may be an auto-txp - somewhere else in your own body; or an allo-txp -from ...Read more
The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more
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