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Apr 4, 2016 · Planning for a Mayo kidney transplant. How long is the wait time? in Transplants

Hey Donald, no problem! Glad that was helpful. I have not had a transplant — I work in Mayo Clinic marketing.

Mayoclinic.org states that kidney transplant recipients generally spend 3-4 days in the hospital to recover and need to be near the hospital for 2-3 weeks after surgery to be monitored by the transplant team: http://www.mayoclinic.org/departments-centers/transplant-center/kidney-transplant/preparing/process. I’d encourage you to reach out to your transplant nurse coordinator to discuss the timeline for your transplant, as the details of your health may make a difference. Additionally, you could go ahead and contact the Help in Healing Home to learn how they manage reservations: http://www.helpinhealinghome.org/contact-information/. They serve many transplant patients so they will understand your needs and that you will not know the date of your transplant in advance.

There may be other Connect members who were transplanted in AZ and could tell you about their experiences, so you might try posting in one of the discussion threads Colleen suggested, as well.

Best of luck! Let me know if I can help you find any additional information. -Lauren

Apr 4, 2016 · Planning for a Mayo kidney transplant. How long is the wait time? in Transplants

Hey @deirdosh! Are you planning to be transplanted at our AZ, MN or FL campus? There is actually housing for transplant patients at all 3 Mayo Clinic campuses. MN housing: http://www.mayoclinic.org/departments-centers/transplant-center/minnesota. AZ housing: http://www.mayoclinic.org/patient-visitor-guide/arizona/travel-lodging-maps/lodging/village-mayo-clinic. FL housing: http://www.mayoclinic.org/departments-centers/transplant-center/florida.

Kidney allocation is based on several factors, which can all affect your wait time: https://optn.transplant.hrsa.gov/learn/about-transplantation/how-organ-allocation-works/. Hope this helps!

Feb 17, 2016 · Webinar: Bone Marrow Failure and Bone Marrow Transplantation in Transplants

Autologous stem cell transplants can produce long term remissions in follicular lymphoma, better if done earlier in the course of their disease. This type of transplant is not curative for most patients. Allogeneic stem cell transplants can be curative for some patients but are more risky and in general are recommended for younger patients.

Jan 29, 2016 · Why doesn't Mayo in FL currently perform living donor liver transplant? in Transplants

While transplant from a living donor is an excellent alternative to a deceased donor, each procedure comes with certain risks: http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/liver-transplant/basics/risks/prc-20014076. The risks of living donation should be weighed against the risk of waiting for a matching organ from a deceased donor.

Mayo Clinic Florida is in a region of the country that is fortunate to have a higher rate of liver grafts from deceased donors compared to other regions of the country. As a result, at Mayo Clinic Florida, the average wait time for a liver transplant is about 3 months (significantly lower than national average of almost 16 months). At Mayo Clinic Florida, we are able to transplant patients sooner than most other transplant centers in the country and achieve outstanding outcomes without subjecting living donors to the risks of liver donation.

Our transplant practices, with a team approach and significant expertise gained from almost 6,500 liver transplants, have led to superior long-term outcomes for our patients. Living donor liver transplant remains an option for patients who will not likely receive a liver transplant from a deceased donor in a timely manner. Though we do not offer living donor liver transplant at Mayo Clinic Florida, it is an option at our campuses in Minnesota and Arizona.

Jan 29, 2016 · Webinar: Bone Marrow Failure and Bone Marrow Transplantation in Transplants

Hello, here is a response from our physicians: We are still learning about telomeres. They are important in cancer, aging, response to drugs, etc. Shortened telomeres are on the chromosomes, so they are technically in the whole body. Patients with aplastic anemia don’t respond well to immunosuppression and are more sensitive to transplant conditioning, but do fine with reduced-intensity conditioning.

Jan 29, 2016 · Webinar: Bone Marrow Failure and Bone Marrow Transplantation in Transplants

Hi @amywilcox, here is a response from our physicians: Infusing more of your daughter’s cells would be done through donor lymphocyte infusion, or DLI, which is performed if there is concern for graft rejection or early relapse. Without knowing the exact details of your son’s case it is difficult to say, but if he has donor cells DLI could be considered.

Jan 20, 2016 · Webinar: Bone Marrow Failure and Bone Marrow Transplantation in Transplants

Is there a special diet that can help with bone marrow failure management?

Jan 20, 2016 · Webinar: Bone Marrow Failure and Bone Marrow Transplantation in Transplants

What are clinical trials and how can I learn more about them?