Cleveland Clinic’s Kidney Transplant Program had another landmark year, completing nearly 230 kidney transplants — the most the program has performed in a single year to date. Alvin Wee, MD, Surgical Director of Renal Transplantation Program, discusses three strategic initiatives that supported this achievement.
An educational program on Cleveland Clinic’s specialty transplant care unit helps nurses better understand patient needs, become more confident in their care and work seamlessly with the multidisciplinary transplant team.
In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control expanded the definition of risk for potential lung transplant recipients from high-risk donor (HRD) to increased-risk donor (IRD). Cleveland Clinic researchers examined the implications of the definition change from HRD to IRD on survival outcomes in patients who received a lung transplant. They published their findings in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.
A pediatric-inspired post-remission chemotherapy regimen is more effective than myeloablative allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation in treating adolescents and young adults with Ph-negative acute lymphoblastic leukemia in first complete remission, new research shows.
At Cleveland Clinic, geriatricians “pre-rehabilitate” older patients in preparation for a lung transplant, as the number of geriatric patients needing the procedure has grown.
New Cleveland Clinic research demonstrates the feasibility and validity of restoring native gut functions and nutritional autonomy in many gut failure patients using autologous gut reconstruction, without the need for gut transplantation.
A 17-year-old patient with a homozygous mutation in MYBPC3, who underwent orthotopic heart transplantation, presents with persistent cough. Work-up leads to finding of asymptomatic aortic dissection. In this case study, pediatric cardiologist Kenneth Zahka, MD, points to the need for pediatric-specific guidelines for intervention in post-orthotopic heart transplant patients with known aortic dilatation.
Cleveland Clinic is the first hospital in the world to successfully perform a robotic single-port kidney transplant, which enables all surgical instruments and the donor kidney to be placed through one small abdominal incision.
Cleveland Clinic surgeons have performed the Midwest’s first purely laparoscopic donor hepatectomy for living donor liver transplant, a technically demanding procedure that improves safety and shortens recovery times, possibly motivating more people to donate.
Dermatologic complications are common in lung transplant recipients, and early treatment for suspicious lesions is crucial in this population. Learn more about five different types of cutaneous complications.