LIVINGSTON – Kidney transplantation is considered the best long-term treatment option for patients with chronic kidney disease who are either on or approaching dialysis. The Renal and Pancreas Transplant Program at Saint Barnabas Medical Center invites those who wish to learn more about transplantation to attend a free patient symposium on Nov. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Islami Auditorium at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, 94 Old Short Hills Road, Livingston.
The informal program will provide those interested in pursuing transplantation, already on a transplant waiting list or receiving dialysis with an update regarding advances in transplantation. Members of Saint Barnabas’s nationally respected and experienced team will address questions that people may have about kidney transplantation. Topics will include:
- living donor programs that can decrease wait time
- kidney transplantation from donors once considered “incompatible”
- advances in donor and recipient robotic surgery
- social, emotional and financial considerations
- personal experiences from kidney donors and recipients
According to Shamkant Mulgaonkar, M.D., Chief of the Renal Division for Barnabas Health, the patient symposium provides an essential outreach effort, educating individuals who may not be aware that renal transplantation is an option for them or the latest advances in the field. “Understandably, some people are under the impression that transplantation is experimental or new, Dr. Mulgaonkar says. In fact, patients find that once they learn about the surgery, our excellent survival rates, and, in general, educate themselves about what to expect, they often wish they had investigated the transplant option sooner.”
Dr. Mulgaonkar stresses that anyone can be evaluated for a kidney transplant. He recommends that those who want to learn more, including those people who are already on a waiting list, attend the patient symposium or make an appointment for an educational session. To do either, contact The Barnabas Health LINK at 1-888-724-7123 or visit www.transplantkidney.org.