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UIC Achieves Best Abdominal Transplantation Survival Rates in Chicago

The University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago has achieved the best one-year patient and graft survival rates in the Chicago area, for adult kidney and kidney-pancreas transplantation.

The hospital also ranked first in one-year patient survival and second in one-year graft survival for liver transplantation.

The data was released this month by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, a national database of transplantation statistics collected from hospitals and organ procurement organizations across the county.

The University of Illinois Medical Center's one-year adult patient survival rates were 100 percent for kidney-pancreas transplantation, 98 percent for kidney transplantation, and 89 percent for liver transplantation.

The one-year graft survival rates were 100 percent for kidney-pancreas transplantation, 96 percent for kidney transplantation, and 85 percent for liver transplantation.

The one-year patient and graft survival rates were at or above the national average.

Dr. Enrico Benedetti, the Warren H. Cole Chair and head of surgery at UIC, attributes the successful results to many factors.

"We have a team of surgeons with excellent surgical skills and judgment, a dedicated inpatient transplant unit with highly skilled nurses to care for patients after surgery, support from doctors and a pharmacy; all who specialize in transplantation and optimize delivery of immunosuppressive therapy for patients. There is close cooperation between transplant surgeons and an excellent team of hepatologists for liver transplantation," Benedetti said.

The statistics are based on 96 kidney transplants, 4 kidney-pancreas transplants and 36 liver transplants performed at the medical center between January 2006 and June 2008.

"These outcomes are a great achievement and the result of dedication, long experience and a special combination of skills by a professional transplant team," said Dr. Jose Oberholzer, Chief of Transplant Surgery at UIC. "Historically, UIC has offered treatment to patients of all socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. we are the last resort for many of the sickest patients in the Midwest, and in some cases, the nation."

Oberholzer credits the transplant program's successes to dedicated teamwork and innovative treatments for complex and medically-challenging patients.

The transplantation data is available at the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients and is "enormously relevant to the patients and referring physicians who need to be informed about patient outcomes, before they select a transplant center," said Benedetti.

The University of Illinois at Chicago's transplant program was established in 1968 and has performed more than 2,000 transplant surgeries of the kidney, liver, kidney-pancreas, pancreas, and small bowel. The department also performs islet cell transplantation.

 

 

Comparison of Kidney Programs in the City of Chicago
 1 Year Patient Survival (01-01-06 to 06-30-08)


Rank

Center

Actual Survival

1

University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago

98.22%

2

Northwestern Memorial Hospital

97.45%

3

University of Chicago Hospital

96.45%

4

Loyola University Medical Center

95.11%

5

Rush University Medical Center

94.62%

 

 

 

 

Comparison of Liver Programs in the City of Chicago
 1 Year Patient Survival (01/01/06 – 06/30/08)


Rank

Center

Actual Survival

1

University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago

88.88%

2

Northwestern Memorial Hospital

87.22%

3

Loyola University Medical Center

83.33%

4

Rush University Medical Center

76.15%

5

University of Chicago Hospital

75.25%

 

 

 

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