Organ transplantation is the surgical removal of a healthy organ from a healthy person or donor and transplanted to another person whose own organ has failed or injured. This is actually a life-saving procedure and the give the recipient a new start.
However, organ transplantation is a major surgery that has several drawbacks and carries potential risks such as the chance of organ rejection. That is why it is imperative that you gather as much as many information about organ transplant as you can.
There 7 types of organ transplants performed in the United States. UNOS or United Network for Organ Sharing is the only Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network in the country, including the organ transplant waiting list.
The organs that can be transplanted are:
- Vascularized composite allografts or VCAs
Sometimes double transplants are performed such as kidney and pancreas or heart and lung.
A kidney transplant is the most common type of transplant surgery while the least common single-organ transplants are the intestines. To ensure success in organ transplantation, several factors need to be matched. The blood type and size of the organ needed should be taken into consideration. Additionally, the waiting list is also taken into consideration. How long someone has been on the waiting list, how sick they are, and the distance between the donor and potential recipient are also taken into account.
There is no age limit when it comes to organ transplantation. But there may a few medical conditions to be considered when performing a transplant. It is usually the transplant team who will discuss this with the patient in thorough detail.
If you think you are suffering from Transplantation you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Transplantation as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).