Organ Transplants: Benefits and Side Effects

organ transplants come with risks and benefits

Every ten minutes, another person is added to the national organ transplant waiting list. The causes of these procedures range from genetic disorders to organ failure to severe injury. Organ transplants are one of the major miracles of modern medicine and save many lives. However, they are not without risks. Understanding the benefits and side effects of transplants is very important. This post outlines some of the details of these surgeries.

Many forms of organ failure can qualify for Social Security disability benefits. If you have questions about receiving these benefits, the attorneys at Summit Disability Law Group can help you find answers.

Benefits of Organ Transplants

Organ transplants help many people overcome disease and organ failure. During a transplant, a  healthy organ is taken from a donor and surgically placed into the patient receiving the transplant. Usually, an organ donor is deceased, but in some cases, living donors can give organs. If the transplant is successful, then the recipient now has a fully functional organ in place.

These procedures can replace many different organs, including the following:

  • Heart
  • Liver
  • Kidneys
  • Lungs
  • Pancreas

Other organs, like intestines, can also be transplanted. If you are suffering from organ failure or another condition which damages your organ function, ask your doctor what the best treatment is for you.

Risks and Side Effects of Organ Transplants

Organ rejection is one possible risk of organ transplants. In most cases, special immune system medications can reduce this risk. Severe cases may require that the transplanted organ is removed. Organ transplant recipients can also be more prone to infection. For this reason, they must be very careful with germs and bacteria. Kidney transplants, specifically, may cause chronic high blood pressure, or hypertension.

Every situation is unique. There are some common risks and side effects of organ transplants, but you cannot know for sure what will happen after surgery. If you have questions about this type of surgery, talk with your doctor about your options.

Utah Organ Failure Disability Lawyers

As we mentioned earlier, some forms of organ failure may qualify for disability benefits. These monthly benefits can help disabled individuals who cannot work support themselves while they receive treatment. At Summit Disability Law Group, we help disability claimants build their strongest case for benefits.

We offer legal resources for people seeking disability benefits. One of these is a helpful disability law book — The Utah Social Security Disability Handbook. You can order an absolutely free copy of this book by clicking on the title above. We also offer free initial consultations to anyone who wants to discuss their chances for benefits. If you are interested in speaking with an experienced disability lawyer about disability benefits, please contact us today. We will work our hardest to help you get what you need.

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