Success Rates


Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub has described transplantation as "one of the great success stories of the latter half of the 20th century".

Transplants1 are now so successful in the UK that a year after surgery:

  • 97% of kidneys in living donor transplants are still functioning well
  • 93% of kidneys from people who have died are still functioning well
  • 84% of simultaneous kidney and pancreas transplants are still functioning well
  • 93% of liver transplants are still functioning well while
  • 81% of heart transplants are still functioning well.

For lung transplants the figure is 82% while 85% of heart/lung transplants are still functioning well.

1 Based on adult transplant recipients, 1 January 2009 to 31 December 2012

Kidney (Renal) Success Rates

Kidney transplants have been available under the NHS since the mid 1960s.

Improved patient management techniques have led to improved success rates.

Nowadays kidney transplant recipients can look forward to many years with the enhanced lifestyle which freedom from dialysis brings.

Cardiothoracic Success Rates

Heart transplants have been available under the NHS since 1979 and heart/lung transplants since 1984. Lung transplants have been available since 1986.

Improved patient management techniques have led to improved success rates.

Liver Success Rates

Liver transplants have been available under the NHS since 1983. Improved patient management techniques have led to improved success rates.

 

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