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Is stem cell a procedure for me? I am 33 and have a damaged meniscus from a previous injury. I had a doctor tell me that i need a meniscal allograft.

Is stem cell a procedure for me? I am 33 and have a damaged meniscus from a previous injury. I had a doctor tell me that i need a meniscal allograft.

Stem cell: The terminology of "stem cell" use in the knee is being thrown around quite freely. A quasi "stem cell" approach is the platelet rich plasm (prp) injections that are gaining traction for osteoarthritis of the knee. Meniscal allograft has a limited indication in a "young" patient with joint pain, intact adjoining articular surfaces and previous total meniscectomy. ...Read more

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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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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Nerve transplants possible in the next 10 years?

Nerve transplants possible in the next 10 years?

Nerve transplants: Yes quite possible. The biggest issue is coverage. Right now where we are heading is toward rationed care, expensive services will be restricted. If transplants are expensive and successful in less than 50% of cases they will likely not be covered. Pt will be needed after and this is already being restricted under obamacare to 24 sessions unless a new problem arises. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the most needed/requested organ for transplants?

Kidneys: There nearly 100,000 patients with kidney failure who are waiting for donor kidneys; however, there are fewer than 10,000 deceased donor kidneys that become available every year. ...Read more

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I'm wondering if i donate my body for transplants, will it be frozen until completely utilized?

Organs don't freeze : Unfortunately, our organs don't freeze well so that we can thaw them out for use at a later time. We can cold preserve them at 4degs celsius and use them at a delayed time of up to ~48hrs for kidneys, 18hrs for livers, 16hrs for pancreas, and 6hrs for hearts with reasonable success. ...Read more

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How can organ transplants work?

Healthy new organ!: When your own organ(s) don't work they fail to perform the key functions that keep you alive. Replacement parts (from another human) are connected to you. Medications are given to prevent your immune system from recognizing that these "new" organs have different DNA than you do, preventing rejection. Technical success + consistent use of medications (every single day!) = success. ...Read more

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Why do some people need kidney transplants?

Why do some people need kidney transplants?

ESKD: Patients who end up with end-stage kidney diseases (ESKD) need kidney transplants. Common causes of ESKD in the U.S. include diabetes mellitus, hypertension, polycystic kidney diseases, glomerulonephritis, and toxins/medications. ...Read more

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Do liver transplants require an entire liver?

Not necessarily. : Not necessarily. Generally, a whole liver is transplanted, but it's possible to transplant a portion of liver. For example, if the recipient is small-sized an entire liver may be too big. Also, if the liver donor is alive, clearly only a portion of liver can be taken (usually about half). ...Read more

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Can they really do sucessful cornea transplants?

Can they really do sucessful cornea transplants?

Cornea Transplants: Cornea transplants are one of the most common and highly successful transplant procedures. Success depends on the exact reason for the transplant. ...Read more

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Could you give me some info on organ transplants?

Broad topic: That's a broad topic. Many organs are transplantable. I refer to you the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) at unos.org for more information. ...Read more

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Allograft (Definition)

Allograft, when used medically, generally refers to transplants. One takes a tissue (heart, kidney, skin, liver, lung etc) from one person (same species) and transplants that tissue into another person that is genetically different (within that species). ...Read more


Dr. Amy Friedman
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Transplantation (Definition)

Transplantation is the process of transplanting organs from a donor to a recipient and includes surgery ...Read more