Barnabas Health Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division Surpasses All-Time
Kidney Transplant Record
(Livingston, NJ) For the first time in the history of the
Barnabas Health Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division, the team performed 301 kidney transplants breaking its all-time record
for kidney transplants in one year. “This significant achievement,
completing 300 transplants in one year, places our program in the upper
echelon of transplant programs generally reserved for academic transplant
programs, states Shamkant Mulgaonkar, MD, Chief, Barnabas Health Renal
and Pancreas Transplant Division. As one of the largest kidney transplant
programs in the United States, it is tremendously gratifying to be able
to transform the lives of so many individuals and families.”
Kidney transplant surgery has a high long-term success rate and is considered
the best treatment for kidney failure. While kidneys can be obtained from
deceased or living donors, living donor transplants are considered the
best treatment option for those with end-stage renal disease. On average,
a living donor kidney lasts about twice as long as a deceased donor transplant.
The number of deceased donor kidney transplantations being performed nationally
has been dropping for the past decade.
To continue to address the demand for kidney transplants, The Barnabas
Health Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division created the first and only
Living Donor Institute in New Jersey. Currently, it is the third largest
living donor programs in the United States. In 2015, 135 individuals voluntarily
donated their kidney through the Living Donor Institute, more than ever
before. These individuals selflessly gave their kidneys to help those
awaiting kidney transplantation. In many cases, these living donors were
able to unlock or participate in transplant chains facilitating transplants
for others who might not have found a match.
Currently, there are more than 100,000 patients with kidney disease on
the national waiting list. In New Jersey, there are 2,512 people awaiting
a kidney transplant. The average wait time exceeds72 months. Each day,
12 people die in this country waiting for a deceased donor organ to become
available. This is why living Barnabas Health continues to focus on alternative
programs for living donation to help our patients get transplanted quickly.
To learn more about kidney transplants or for more information about becoming
a donor, please visit the Barnabas Health Renal and Pancreas Transplant
Division webpage at
www.transplantkidney.org or call 1.888.409.4707.