With three locations across the United States, Mayo Clinic’s transplant center is the largest integrated center in the nation. Each location has its own uniqueness in regards to services provided and expertise. We are embarking on a 3 part series of highlighting each of our campuses.
Part 1: Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida
Mayo Clinic’s transplant center in Jacksonville performed 446 transplants in 2019. We have outlined a few of the unique procedures and facts:
Lung Transplant Program
Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL has a contract with United Therapeutics Corp. to develop an Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion program (EVLP) to provide additional organs for the region. A high percentage of donated lungs are deemed unusable for lung transplantation (approximately 80%). This results in few organs available for those waiting for a lung transplant. With EVLP, donated lungs deemed unusable can be better evaluated. Function in some cases may be improved, and the lungs then successfully transplanted. Learn more. The lung transplant program at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, FL, has among the best long-term (3 year) survival rates nationwide.
Liver Transplant Program
As of October 19, 2020, there are about 12,151 individuals waiting for a liver transplant. At Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL, the average wait time for a liver transplant is 4.2 months compared to the national average of 10.1 months. Mayo Clinic in Florida continuously sees strong outcomes in their liver transplant program as well. According to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, their graft and patient survival rates at both 1 and 3 years post transplantation are statistically better than expected. Learn more.
This program has also developed a ‘fast-track’ approach for liver transplant patients. More than half of the patients who have liver transplantation at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL, are fast-tracked after the procedure to the surgical ward, bypassing the intensive care unit (ICU). This is the only center in the US that routinely allows selected liver transplant patients to bypass the ICU. The practice sees strong outcomes for liver transplantation and also shows that this lowers the risk of ICU-related morbidities post transplantation. Learn more.
Liked by Ginger, Volunteer Mentor