The United Network for Organ Sharing offers interesting success and survival rates of interest to those of us awaiting trransplants.
UPMC's numbers are on par with national averages. While the numbers fall a bit short of perfection, they certainly left me with confidence of success.
Regarding kidney transplants done at UPMC's Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Center from July 2006 through 2008, slightly more than 91 percent of all kidney transplants were still functional after one year. That's about 1.5 percent below the national average of 92.62 percent. The patient survival rate, based on 368 kidney transplants, was about 95 percent, with an expected national rate of 96.5 percent.
UPMC''s kidney-transplant success and patient survival rates represent no difference from national averages from a statistical standpoint, according to UNOS..
Regarding 16 kidney-transplants done at UPMC, 100 percent of the kidneys still were functioning after one year, which indicates a 100 percent patient survival rate. But only about 80 percent of the pancreas transplants still were functioning after one year. The success rate of the kidney part of the transplant, at 100 percent, was higher than the national average of 94 percent, but the rate of pancreas success at about 80 percent did not quite match the national success rate of 85.5 percent.