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 transplant patients are still alive
  • 80% of intestinal transplant2 patients are still alive while
  • 81% of heart transplant patients are still alive

For lung transplant patients the figure is 82% while 85% of heart/lung transplant patients are still alive.

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

2 Based on adult transplant recipients, 1 January 2008 - 31 December 2013

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.

Intestinal Success Rates

Intestinal transplants have been available under the NHS since 1991. There are three main types of intestinal transplantation performed; isolated intestine transplantation, multivisceral transplantation (liver, bowel and pancreas) and modified multivisceral transplantation (bowel and pancreas). Depending on the clinical case, one or more of kidney, spleen, stomach, abdominal wall or colon may be included.

Improved patient management techniques have led to improved success rates.

 

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