Preparing a Patient for Transplantation

Preparing a Patient for Transplantation

Interviewer: Quentin Cooper
Interviewees:Dr Adnand Sharif, Consultant Transplant Nephrologist at University Hospitals Birmingham and Secretary of Medical and Ethical Campaign Group: Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting, and Mr Nick Inston, Clinical Service Lead for Kidney Transplantation at University Hospitals Birmingham and Clinical Lead for TLC.

Welcome to this TLC podcast in which science journalist, writer and TLC Patron Quentin Cooper is joined by the TLC team to discus the preparation of the patient for living donor kidney transplantation.

They discuss topics including the benefits of living donor kidney transplantation over cadaveric transplantation, assessing someone who could benefit from a transplant, contraindications to transplantations including cancer, what happens to the failed kidneys during transplantation, the position of the transplanted kidney, the logistics of having 2 operations (donor and recipient) one after the other, the optimum time for a patient to have their transplant, preparing patients physically and emotionally for a kidney transplant, managing expectations and the multi disciplinary team approach to the work up of the patient.

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