Organ transplants are the only solution for some people but these surgeries can also be very dangerous. Despite this, in the US the number of organ transplants has been increasing by more than 20% in the last 5 years. Since 2015 it rose by more than 8%.
In 2015, in the US, there were performed 30,900 transplants. The number of transplants that were performed in 2016 is even bigger, reaching 33,606 transplants. These numbers were provided by the United Network for Organ Sharing. This is a record for the US.
Since 2012 the number of organ transplants has been increasing every year. In just five years it increased with 20%. The number of deceased organ donors also increased. This means that more people are accepting to donate their organs after they die. This is a great thing because they can save other people.
In the last year, the number of deceased organ donors increased with 9.2%. More than 80% of transplants performed last year used organs that were from deceased organ donors. The problem is that the number of accidents has also increased and that is why there are more deceased organ donors every year.
The development of the medicine in the last years has lowered the chances of dying during an organ transplant. The chances of complications during surgery are also smaller and that is why more people chose to do a transplant.
It was also noticed that more and more organs come from people who overdosed with opioids. This is not such great news because the “opioid epidemic” has been killing hundreds of people every month in the US. Doctors mentioned that they don’t want to see this trend continuing.
Many doctors mentioned that almost 25% organ transplant surgeries use organs from people who died from an overdose. This number is concerning because it shows just how much this epidemic is affecting the US.
Doctors mentioned that more and more people need organ transplants every year and that is why the number of transplants is increasing. Let’s hope that the number of deceased donors decreases while the number of transplants continues to rise every year.
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