Health Report: Studies show longer survival rates for kidney transplant patients

Published: Oct. 13, 2021 at 8:47 AM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Long-term survival rates for kidney transplant patients have improved over the past three decades.

Carrie Schinstock says, “Significant advances have been made specifically in the detection of antibodies towards kidney transplants. The testing has become much more sensitive, and so now we’re able to avoid transplants that may lead to an early rejection.”

Dr. Carrie Schinstock is the medical director of the Kidney Transplant Program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

“There’s also been significant advances in different immunosuppression and advances in our ability to detect viruses that can be detrimental to kidney transplant patients.” Schinstock stated.

She says another factor has been the improvement at Mayo in post-transplant management of hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, and obesity that can lead to cardiovascular death.

Schinstock also added they now have protocols in place for weight management after the transplant, and also to implement bariatric surgery before and after the transplant with the hopes of producing an improved long-term outcome.

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