As health care providers we understand the importance of organ donation and the lives that are saved through organ procurement. There is a new process that may make more kidneys available to those in need of a kidney transplant.
Almost 20% of all kidneys donated can’t be used for transplant so they are discarded. As valuable as donated kidneys are, I’m sure you’ll agree that’s a huge waste. A recycling process may make those discarded kidneys useful in the future. Researchers have discovered a way to clean the kidney by pumping them with a detergent. The detergent removes all of the cells and only leaves the organ structure. A patients own cells could then be added to the “scaffold” of the organ structure and the kidney would remodel with cells from the patient and be easier for the body to accept.
At this point the entire “recycling” project is theory but it is a theory bound in science and could help meet a huge need and save lives.