Organ transplantation is taking a donated organ from someone and surgically putting it in the body of someone with organ failure.  There are many different types of organs that can be donated/received for many different reasons.  Different diseases such as Hypertension, Diabetes, heart failure, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Hepatitis and many others can all lead to different organ failures, requiring a patient to need an organ transplant.  If you have organ failure you and your doctor/medical team should discuss your options.  If organ donation is appropriate they will add you to a transplant list or have family members/friends tested to see if they are a good candidate for donation (if it is an organ eligible for live donation).

Cost of Transplant

Once you and your healthcare team have decided on organ transplant there are many things to consider.  One issue is cost.  Depending on the type of organ transplantation needed the cost can range from $150,000 to over $1.5 million dollars.  Many insurances will cover transplants, but it is important to speak to your insurance provider and discuss all your out of pocket costs before the procedure. Many hospitals with transplant teams also have financial coordinators that can assist you with these financial decisions.

After Receiving a Transplant

After you have received your transplant you will be on a life- long medication regimen.  Taking your medications correctly, eating healthy, and avoiding smoking are all things that can help you stay healthy with your new organ.  Many transplant medications are called immunosuppressant’s, which mean they can lower your body’s immune system.   You may be more prone to infections, so it is important to see your health care professional at the early signs of sickness. Some medications may also have drug interactions, so it is important for your pharmacist and transplant team to know all medications you are taking.  Medication reminder systems such as alarms and calendars can be useful to make sure you are taking your medication daily or multiple times daily as prescribed. Develop a good relationship with your pharmacy and healthcare team so that you can live healthy with your new organ.

For more information, visit:

U.S. Government Information on Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation

References:

“Organ Transplantation: The Process.”  U.S. Government Information on Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation

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