Kidney Transplant Care Information for Eric
For those who may not know, back in August 2012 I was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease. What that does is cysts form and multiply in and on the kidneys, eventually destroying the kidney function. At the time of diagnosis, I was already at stage 3 kidney disease because there were so many cysts. My kidneys are about the size of footballs, whereas a normal kidney is the size of a human fist. There is no cure for this disease. Over the past 4 years, my kidney function has deteriorated to the point where I am now in what is called End-Stage Kidney Disease and I am now on the waiting list for a transplant. Waiting for a deceased donor can take anywhere from 3-5 years, but if I can find someone who would be willing to give me one of their kidneys, (a person can live just as well with one kidney as they can with two) the wait could be as little as 5 months. Another bonus to me finding a living donor is I may be able to completely avoid dialysis. If anyone has questions about this situation, feel free to call Eric Gossard at 567.674.8414 or the office at St. John’s Church at 419.673.7278. I don’t have internet access at my apartment at this time & I very rarely have the energy to go somewhere that does.
Thank You, Eric Gossard
Living Kidney Donation
The best option for a patient waiting for a kidney transplant is to receive one from a living donor. At Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center, we perform approximately 100 living donor transplants each year.
Patients with end-stage kidney disease have three options for treatment: dialysis, a kidney transplant from a deceased donor or a kidney transplant from a living donor.
Dialysis is only a temporary solution. Treatment schedules are time-consuming, as frequent as three times each week for four hours each session. While a patient can remain on dialysis for many years, it is not a cure for kidney disease. In fact, ten percent of patients on dialysis die each year while awaiting a kidney transplant. For some groups, such as elderly patients and patients with diabetes, there is an even greater risk.
The best option for a patient waiting for a kidney is to receive one from a living donor:
- Wait times for patients with living kidney donors are reduced from years to months, potentially avoiding dialysis.
- Transplant recipients have better outcomes with kidneys from living donors.
- Kidneys transplanted from living donors may last nearly twice as long as kidneys from deceased donors.
About half of the transplants performed at Ohio State are performed with kidneys from living donors. Often living donors are family members, but a growing number are friends or co-workers. There are also people who choose to donate a kidney without having a specific recipient in mind. These extraordinary people are called non-directed or altruistic donors.
Copy of Living Kidney Donor Program Brochure:
Living Donor Kidney Transplant Frequently Asked Questions
Preparing for a Kidney or Kidney/Pancreas Transplant
Turning Gifts of Life into New Beginnings:
Candidates For Donation
Your decision to become a living donor should be voluntary and free from internal or family pressure.
To qualify as a living kidney donor:
- You must be in good overall physical and mental health.
- You must be free from uncontrolled high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, kidney disease and heart disease.
- Gender and race do not matter.
- Individuals considered for living donation are typically between the ages of 18 and 65.
- A matching blood type is not a requirement for living kidney donation. Through Kidney Paired Donation (KPD), it is possible to donate with mismatched blood or tissue.
The decision to become a living donor is a voluntary one, and the donor may change his or her mind at any time during the process. The donor’s decision and reasons are kept confidential.
Living Kidney Donor Assessment Form:
Type directly into the form, then print and mail or fax to or you can call directly and complete over the phone.
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Comprehensive Transplant Center
300 W. 10th Ave., 11th Floor
Columbus, OH 43210