13
May

Join Us for the 2018 Cincinnati Kidney Walk!

Cincinnati Kidney Walk 2017

From all of us at Cincinnati Home Dialysis – our team, our patients, and our community – we hope you join us at Fountain Square on Sunday, May 20th for the 2018 Cincinnati Kidney Walk!

The Kidney Walk is a rain or shine event organized by the National Kidney Foundation. Your participation in the event allows this organization to continue supporting those affected by kidney disease, from kidney donors, recipients, and families. Participants can earn prizes for raising money like a t-shirt, beach tote, fleece jacket, and personalized support from the Kidney Walk staff. The Cincinnati Kidney Walk’s fundraising goal is $130,000.

This year’s walk is expected to bring over 3,000 participants to downtown Cincinnati. There will be two routes from Fountain Square for walkers, one short (about 30 minutes) and one long (about an hour and 15 minutes). Registration for the event begins at 8:30 a.m., kickoff programming at 9:20 a.m., and walking at 10 a.m. You’ll find our Cincinnati Home Dialysis team at an exhibitor booth on the Square.

For more information about the walking routes, parking, and registration, visit the Cincinnati Kidney Walk event page. Follow along with other nationwide Kidney Walks on social media with #kidneywalk.

We hope to see you there!

04
May

Kidney Transplant: Living Donor Versus Deceased Donor

kidney-donation

There are two types of kidney transplants available, living donation and deceased donation.

Living Kidney Donation

A living donor is donating their kidney while they are still alive. One major advantage of living donation is that the transplanted kidney starts functioning in your body immediately after the surgery. This type of kidney transplant also allows you, your care team, and your donor to plan for the transplant and arrange the surgery when you and the donor are healthiest. The living donor is often an immediate family member, but could also be an extended family member or stranger as long as you have matching blood types.

If you and your family member do not have matching blood types, a paired donation may be possible. This is where two pairs of interested donors and transplant candidates “swap” kidneys. For example, Jane wants to donate a kidney to her sister Allie, but they are not compatible. Michael wants to donate a kidney to his wife Carol, but they are not compatible. However, Michael’s kidney is compatible with Allie, and Jane’s kidney is compatible with Carol. In this case, a swap can be performed between the four so a compatible kidney exchange can take place.

Deceased Kidney Donation

A deceased donor has chosen to donate their kidneys when they die. This is the most common type of kidney transplant in the US. When the donor has died, their kidneys can last up to 72 hours before transplant, so when a match is found, it is important to be ready to undergo surgery at short notice.

The wait time for a deceased kidney donation is about three to five years, but may be shorter or longer. Once the kidney is transplanted, it may take a few days or weeks to function properly, and you may need to remain on dialysis until your body and the kidney are in sync.

Talk to your care team at Cincinnati Home Dialysis about whether kidney transplant is the right option for you. We’re here to support you every step of the way.