Newswise — ROCHESTER, Minn. — Prospective kidney transplant patients, families of adult and pediatric transplant candidates, and potential living kidney donors are invited to attend a free, public webinar about living-donor kidney transplants hosted by Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic is a leader in kidney transplants, performing approximately 550 kidney transplants each year and has one of the largest living-donor kidney transplant programs in the United States.
“As living organ donation, especially non-directed or ‘Good Samaritan’ donation, becomes more widely known and accepted, we want to provide more information about innovations in donation and transplantation,” says Mikel Prieto, M.D., surgical director of Kidney Transplantation at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. “We also want to provide a forum to answer questions for prospective donors, recipients, and their family members.”
What: Free webinar for patients and donorsWhen: April 14 at noon CDTTopic: What Patients and Donors Need to Know About Living-Donor Kidney TransplantsHosted by: Mayo Clinic Kidney/Pancreas Transplant ProgramRegister: http://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/interactive-webinar-what-patients-and-donors-need-to-know-about-living-donor-kidney-transplant/Presenters include Mikel Prieto, M.D., surgical director of the Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Program; Carl Cramer, M.D., Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program medical director; and Phil Fischer, M.D., kidney donor and pediatrician; all at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
The hour-long webinar will feature Dr. Prieto and Dr. Cramer explaining the advantages of living-donor transplantation and what patients can do to be in the best possible condition for surgery. They will also explain pre-emptive kidney transplantation (transplantation before the patient requires dialysis), paired donation (when a patient and donor aren’t compatible with each other, but are compatible with another patient-donor team), and donor chains (when a willing, but incompatible donor for one patient gives to a stranger who also has a willing but incompatible donor who then gives to another stranger, and so on). In addition, Dr. Fischer will share his personal experience as a kidney donor. After the presentation, physicians will answer audience questions, which can be submitted prior to or during the webinar. The webinar will be archived online afterwards.
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