How to Choose a Transplant Program
There are several important considerations when you begin to look for a kidney or liver transplant program that best fits your needs.
Patient Survival Rates
The most important consideration is patient survival rates. These are usually listed as one-year and three-year survival rates. Survival results truly represent the transplant program's success.
A quality program should report a one-year survival rate of greater than 90 percent, and a three-year survival rate should be greater than 85 percent.
Obviously the experience and skill level of the medical staff play a major role in patient outcomes. Beaumont's comprehensive, multidisciplinary transplant teams have extensive experience and are highly skilled in kidney and liver transplant procedures. To learn more, meet our Transplantation Team.
New Ideas and Research
Transplant centers offering new ideas, research and techniques in organ transplants have the medical professionals who are well-trained in the most advanced techniques and treatments. Prospective transplant candidates should find a center that offers the most up-to-date treatment options.
Ask about any new methods and treatment techniques offered, especially those that may relate to your specific medical situation. Many facilities are involved in National Institutes of Health-funded protocols that must meet rigid requirements prior to approval. Other centers participate in research protocols that are sponsored by pharmaceutical firms. These are often designed to test the latest medications.