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Barnabas Health Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division Surpasses All-Time Kidney Transplant Record

01/18/2016

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.

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