5 Discoveries That Will Change The Future Of Organ Transplants

Organ transplant is a medical procedure by which a organ is removed from the donor’s body and placed in the recipient’s body. Nowadays organs that are successfully transplanted are:

  • Heart
  • Kidney
  • Liver
  • Pancreatic
  • Lungs
  • Intestine
  • Thymus

The world first observed full face transplant in the year 2010 and recently, there were five amazing discoveries which may change the future of medical science.

  1. Creating organ from stem cell – Scientists have been using stem cells to seed bio-energized scaffolds like trachea since 2008. This is not clear how the wind pipe from stem cell is created; but since it’s capable of becoming different types of body cells, it reacts to the environment for developing the right tissue.
  1. Artificial implantable organ – The medical science has already discovered the mystery of making a person alive with artificial organs. The motto of this practice is to keep the patient alive until the right organ is found for them. Currently doctors can address heart and kidney failures by this process.
  1. Ending body rejection for transplant – Sometimes the human body may reject the new organ. But with the modern medical science, it’s possible to make the body immune to accept new organs with drugs and medications, thus leading to successful organ transplants at all times.
  1. Machine that keeps organs alive outside the body – Now the modern technologies, like Toronto XVIVO lung perfusion systems allow the organs to remain alive outside the human body for a long period. This system allows the doctors to enhance the delicacy of the organ more than when it was brought for transplant.
  1. Printing 3D Organs – This is an experimental concept but likely to be followed in the future. A patient’s organ data is collected via CT scan and the 3D printer prints the data layer by layer as a three dimensional structure made up of cell and bio materials to hold the cells together.

These future concepts surely can change the future of organ transplant and likely to gift us more and more successive organ transplantation surgeries.

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