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2 days ago · What ways you can help when you can’t be a living donor? in Transplants

@luckonetj and @rosemarya, Thanks for asking this question! At Mayo Clinic, someone who has had a transplant is not able to be a living donor. The effects of immunosuppression would rule that person out as a donor. This answer may differ at other transplant centers, but I have not heard of a center that would allow a recipient to be a living donor. On the plus side, anyone, regardless of their medical history, can register to be a deceased donor. At the time of death, the doctors would determine if organs are able to be used for transplant. If anyone is interested, visit https://registerme.org/ for more information.

Tue, Sep 24 8:21am · New Transplant Blog Posts in Transplants

That beautiful fall season is upon us. Our trees here in Southern Minnesota are just beginning to change. If you happen to be in the Midwest this month or next month, be sure to take a drive and witness the colorful countryside. With fall, however, comes the dreaded cold and flu season. Today's blog post will give you tips on how to protect yourself and your family from the flu and illness. Let us know how you stay safe from illness all throughout the year!


Tue, Sep 24 8:15am · Flu Season: What You Can Do To Stay Healthy in Transplant

Fall is a season of apples, cider, colorful leaves, and for some of us, influenza and flu symptoms. In order to avoid having to deal with illness, you should seriously consider a flu vaccine to prevent yourself and your family from having to spend this beautiful season sick in bed. Influenza vaccination is the single best intervention you can do to prevent influenza and the complications from influenza.2019-08-14 Flu Blog

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age or older be vaccinated annually against influenza. Mayo Clinic recommends annual influenza vaccination to all transplant candidates, transplant recipients, their caregivers and other close contacts. As a transplant patient, you should not receive the FluMist, nor should any of your caregivers or close contacts. The FluMist is a live virus vaccine and could cause you to become ill. Although not 100% effective, getting a flu shot is worth the needle stick. Flu shots are the most effective way to prevent influenza and its complications.

If you are a transplant patient at another facility, contact your care team to ask about their recommendations for the flu season.

What you can do

In addition to getting your flu shot, remember to practice good hygiene as another safeguard against flu season.

  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water
  • Use an alcohol-based sanitizer on your hands if soap and water aren’t available
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth whenever possible
  • Avoid crowds when the flu is most prevalent in your area
  • Get plenty of sleep, exercise regularly, drink plenty of fluids, eat a nutritious diet, and manage your stress

Do you get your flu shot every year? Do you make it a family affair – flu shots together and then a nice dinner out? Tell us about how you stay healthy!


Tue, Jul 23 10:22am · New Transplant Blog Posts in Transplants

Hello Transplant Friends! Today's blog post can be helpful for those who are looking for a transplant center. We talk about the aspects of complex care that you should evaluate when searching for a transplant program that's right for you. Have you considered these points when looking for your transplant care? Which one was most important to you? https://mayocl.in/2LJ14J9

Tue, Jul 23 10:15am · Why Choose Mayo Clinic for Transplant Care? in Transplant

Many transplant centers in the United States are capable of providing transplant surgery and aftercare. Why would you choose Mayo Clinic for your transplant? The primary value of Mayo Clinic is “the needs of the patients come first”, and we feel this is the primary reason so many patients choose Mayo Clinic for their medical care. We know that there are many transplant centers available to choose from and patients are looking at many different aspects of their care when making that choice. We have created this Top 5 List of factors you should consider before choosing a transplant center.2019-06-17 Why Choose MC Blog

#1 Experienced Staff

Doctors who perform a handful of transplants a year are likely skilled, but at Mayo Clinic, our physicians perform more than 2,000 transplants per year. This experience gives our surgeons and medical teams expertise in many complex cases that other hospitals may not see. If you need a complex surgery such as a transplant, you want to know that your care team has extensive experience, and you should make sure they have the knowledge to deal with any issue that might arise before, during and after your surgery. Be sure to choose a transplant center that has proven experience in the type of transplant you need.

#2 Teamwork and Collaboration

Mayo Clinic has experts from every discipline who collaborate and work as a team. If you have a cardiac issue and you are going through kidney transplant evaluation, our kidney doctors have cardiologists in the office right next door whom they can consult for heart expertise. At some hospitals, those experts are at another campus or even in another town and that consultation could take weeks. At Mayo Clinic, we have a team of experts located close by who can share your medical record, sometimes in a matter of minutes if necessary. Having experts close by will reduce your time spent waiting for consultations and improve the efficiency of your care at a critical time when you don’t have a second to waste.

#3 Top of the Line Resources

Mayo Clinic provides their doctors and nurses with the best equipment, exam room space and support staff available. We have the highest quality medical equipment available for your radiology scans, blood work, and other medical tests. Our support staff is top notch, and they understand your needs and are there to help you with appointments, questions, and navigating the Mayo Clinic system and campuses. Make sure that the transplant center you choose has adequate staffing and up-to-date equipment to make your experience the best it can be.

#4 Hospitality House Partnerships

Mayo Clinic partners with transplant houses in each of our three locations. These houses are a home-away-from-home for transplant patients who have to remain at the clinic for their evaluations and surgeries. Our transplant houses are a perfect place for you to stay in a highly sanitized and supportive environment. You can meet others who are going through a similar situation, save money on housing and food while you are in town, and even get transportation to and from your appointments. When you choose a transplant center, look for affordable and clean housing close by. Ask for discounts if you are staying at local hotels.

#5 Quality Care and High Survival Outcomes

Mayo Clinic has been ranked as the #1 hospital in the nation by U.S. News many times in the last several years. Our quality of care is second to none, and our hospitals have received many awards in the past for high quality care. Survival outcomes for any organ at any transplant center can be found on the Scientific Registry for Transplant Recipients (SRTR) website. Mayo Clinic consistently achieves some of the best outcomes in the nation. Make sure that the transplant center you choose has consistently high patient and organ (graft) survival rates. You can learn more about SRTR on our blog.

What aspects of the transplant center were most important to you when you made your choice?


Mon, Jul 8 8:28am · Reunion get together at Rochester in Transplants

Hi all!
@rosemarya @glinda
You can register for the picnic just by sending an email to transplantpicnic@gmail.com. There is not a web page that I know of to register. Just send your name and information, as well as the number of people that plan to attend. Let me know if you need anything further! Thanks!

Tue, Jun 25 10:41am · New Transplant Blog Posts in Transplants

Happy Summer Everyone! It's finally nice weather here in Minnesota, although we could do without the daily rain storm.
Today's blog post will be of interest to anyone who has participated in kidney paired exchange or anyone who is considering kidney donation. The post today will give you more information about Mayo Clinic's paired donation experience, and show you how a transplant center with experience in paired donation can help so many people with just a single nondirected donor.
Read more here: https://mayocl.in/2YaLd8w

And let us know if you have more questions about this life saving process!
Have a wonderful week!

Mon, Jun 24 10:45am · Living Donor Process in Transplants

@jdcowle5 – Thank you for considering living donation! As for the kit, there should be instructions inside the kit. Take it to your local lab, they will draw the blood and should ship it back to Mayo Clinic for you. If there are further questions while you are there (or before you go) you can contact our living donor phone line at 866-227-1569. As for your return to work, every patient is a little bit different. If you have a sedentary desk job, you can likely return sooner than someone who has a physical labor job. The average is 3-6 weeks, depending upon your type of work, your recovery, and any issues you may have after surgery. Your nurse coordinator can give you a better estimate once they see you in evaluation. If you have any further questions, let us know. And thanks again for considering donation! – Kristin