3,000 on kidney transplant waiting list at end of 2013
More than 3,000 kidney patients were on the transplant waiting list at the end of 2013, while around 2,570 patients are set to undergo surgery, said Faisal Shaheen, an internal medicine and kidney consultant and director of the Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation, Zawya has reported. “A total of 7,360 patients are in the follow-up phase after undergoing successful surgical procedures, of whom 2,500 are going for review at Health Ministry hospitals and 4,700 in government sector hospitals not affiliated with the ministry, while only a marginal 160 cases follow up on their surgical procedures privately. There is an 11% mortality rate among kidney transplant patients,” said Shaheen. Shaheen also advised limiting intake of red meat to avoid raising uric acid levels in the blood, a key factor that contributes to kidney and urethral stones problems.