Nephrologist Discusses Kidney Transplants

Nephrologist George Francos, MD, medical director of the Kidney Transplant Program at Jefferson

Jefferson nephrologist George Francos, MD

Nephrologist George Francos, MD, medical director of the Kidney Transplant Program at Jefferson recently appeared on the WMCN’s show “Dawn” to discuss kidney transplantation.

Dr. Francos explained that the best treatment for kidney failure is transplant, and the best form of transplant is from a living donor because a kidney from a living donor can work for well over 15 years.

But, there is a lot of misunderstanding when it comes to kidney donation and transplants, particularly the importance of living donation and its impact on the healthy donor.

“We often have people come in to talk about kidney transplant and they will, for example, at the age of 60 say ‘my son or daughter will give me a kidney, but I would never let them do that’,” says Francos.

When we ask the patient why  they wouldn’t let their child donate, they often say they don’t want them to put their health at risk or that they don’t want to leave their loved one with only one kidney.

But he noted, for the vast majority of living donors, “it’s not a health changing experience.”

Moreover, in the United States, there are about 400,000 patients on dialysis for kidney failure and nearly 100,000 people are on waiting lists for kidney transplants.

On Sunday, Oct. 20 from 2-4 p.m. we will hold a program: “All you ever wanted to know about living donation, but were afraid to ask!” to educate those in need of kidney donation and potential donors about the living donation process.

Three sets of donors and recipients will share their stories and answer questions. Dr. Francos as well as a transplant surgeon and nurses will also be available to answer questions. For more information or to attend, please call 215-955-6595. Free parking and refreshments.

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