Organ Transplantation

Thursday, January 10, 2013

An organ transplant replaces a failing organ with a healthy one from a donor. The problem is that there is more of a demand than there are people who donate their organs. Dr. Edward Hill discusses organ transplantation in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Organ transplantation can be lifesaving for patients with organ failure. Thousands of those patients may die because there are not enough donated organs to meet the demand. The main factor limiting organ donation is that less than half of the families of potential donors consent to donation.

Many organs can be donated, including heart, intestines, kidneys, liver, lungs and pancreas. Tissues that can be donated include corneas, heart valves and skin.

Inform your family, friends, and physician that you wish to be a donor. Fill out a donor card on the back of your drivers license and keep copies with your physician, family, and attorney and in your wallet and the glove compartment of your car.

Prepare and sign a living will and an advance care directivelegal documents that state your wishes in the event you become incapable of communicating.

If you are not currently registered to be an organ and tissue donor, consider giving the gift of life to someone who needs it.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.