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Transplant Surgery

Patient Care    Community    Transplant Surgery

Using More Precise Language to Talk About Organ Transplant Waiting Times

One of the first questions that patients often ask when they enter the list for a transplant organ is, “How long will I be waiting?”

Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date March 31, 2023
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Community    Transplant Surgery    Equity Diversity and Inclusion

Program Works to Close Racial Gaps in Kidney Transplantation

Kidney disease is sometimes called the “silent disease” because it can be symptomless in its early stages. An estimated 90% of Americans who have chronic kidney disease (CKD) may not even know they have it until it is advanced.

Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date March 30, 2023
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Transplant Center    Transplant Surgery

Controversies in Transplantation: A Convention for Groundbreaking Ideas in Transplantation

Earlier this month, the Division of Transplant Surgery in the University of Colorado Department of Surgery hosted its annual Controversies in Transplantation conference (CIT), which gathered the finest minds in transplantation science from around the country in Colorado. For more than two decades, this conference has served as a platform for groundbreaking ideas and discussions within the transplant community.

Author Khushnuma Damkevala | Publish Date March 27, 2023
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Awards    Transplant Surgery    Liver Transplant

Megan Adams, MD, Receives Pipeline Award for Mentorship in Transplant 

Megan Adams, MD, surgical director of pediatric living donor transplantation at the University of Colorado Department of Surgery, has received the 2023 Pipeline Award from the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS). 

Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date February 28, 2023
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Transplant Surgery    Liver Transplant

CU Surgeons Set Records for Transplants in 2022 

2022 was a record-breaking year for the number of transplants performed by the organ transplant team at the University of Colorado Department of Surgery, with more than 300 kidney transplants, more than 130 liver transplants, more than 60 heart transplants, and 40 lung transplants performed over the past 12 months. 

Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date January 23, 2023
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Transplant Surgery

Robotic Kidney Transplants Offer New Lease on Life to High-BMI Patients 

Historically, the outlook has been grim for obese patients who need kidney transplants. Due to the physical requirements of the operation, those with a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or higher typically have been denied access to the life-saving procedure. 

Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date November 22, 2022
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Research    Transplant Surgery    Liver Transplant

Living-Donor Liver Transplant Recipients Gain an Average of 13 to 17 Life-Years Following Surgery

Research recently published in JAMA Surgery demonstrates that living-donor liver transplant (LDLT) recipients gain an additional 13 to 17 life-years following their surgery compared with patients who remain on the donor waitlist.

Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date September 06, 2022
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Research    Transplant Surgery    Liver Transplant

Obesity, Alcohol Use, and Decreased Blood Clotting Associated with Return to Operating Room After Liver Transplant

Liver transplant surgery is a vital and life-saving procedure, but it also is associated with a high rate of postoperative complications. As many as one in four liver transplant patients will return to the operating room (R-OR) within 48 hours of their initial surgery.

Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date August 24, 2022
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Department of Surgery In the News

U.S. News & World Report

Obesity Can Raise Odds for Post-Surgical Complications

news outletU.S. News & World Report
Publish DateMay 08, 2023

Here's one more reason to watch your weight: Obesity can increase your odds for serious complications after surgery.

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Novel Strategy Could Improve Heart Transplant Allocation

news outletMedscape
Publish DateApril 25, 2023

Prediction models that incorporate more than just treatment status could rank order heart transplant candidates by urgency more effectively.

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Becker's Hospital Review

15 Specialties, 4 Liver Transplants and 1 Life Saved: Inside a Rare Surgery at Children's Hospital Colorado

news outletBecker's Hospital Review
Publish DateApril 16, 2023

This year's National Donate Life Month has special meaning for a young patient who recently underwent his fourth liver transplant with CU surgeons.

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News Medical

Study Examines Whether Alcohol-Associated Burn Injuries Impair Cognitive Function

news outletNews Medical
Publish DateApril 10, 2023

New research describes another possible issue caused by the combination of alcohol and burn injury: impaired cognitive function.

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