What do I need to know about kidney transplants?
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- 1. What is a kidney transplant?
A kidney transplant is a surgical procedure that involves the transplantation of a kidney from a living (related or non-related) or deceased (cadaver) donor, to replace the function of the diseased kidneys. It is the best option of treatment for patients with end stage kidney failure. The surgery involves two participant patients: the recipient and the donor. Before a kidney transplant, both the recipient and the donor are required to undergo extensive medical and psychosocial evaluations. This is to ensure the success and safety of the procedure.
- 2. What is a transplant team?
A transplant team is a group of highly specialized doctors, nurses, and allied healthcare providers who are committed to deliver the highest level of care to the patients involved in a kidney transplant. The team is composed of a nephrologist, urologist, Vascular surgeon, anesthesiologist, transplant coordinator, transplant nurse, psychiatrist, dietician, physiotherapist and social workers.
- 3. What is the Hospital Transplant Ethics Committee (HTEC)?
The hospital transplant ethics committee of Makati Medical Center is an independent body, composed of a group of individuals, representing the different sectors of society, composed of a nephrologist, psychiatrist, medical intensivist, priest, social worker, lawyer and lay person whose primary goal is to ensure the welfare, safety, and rights of patients; adhering to ethical, moral, religious, cultural and social precepts accordance with national and international ethical guidelines and standards.