KIDNEY TO GO: ARTIFICIAL KIDNEY COULD FREE MANY DIALYSIS PATIENTS
For dialysis patients, there could soon be an alternative. Researchers are currently working on a wearable, artificial kidney that will allow those affected more mobility. Initial clinical trials have apparently been successful.
The nephrologist dr. William H. Fissell develops the first implantable artificial kidney.
We are developing a bio-hybrid device that can mimic the kidney and remove enough metabolic end products, salt and water to save the patient from dialysis.
The nephrologist dr. William H. Fissel and his team from the Vanderbilt University Medical Center are making great strides in developing an implant that could make patients with kidney failure independent of regular dialysis. The artificial kidney consists of microchip filters and live kidney cells. The energy for the implant should be provided by the patient’s own heart.
According to Dr. Fissel the challenge is to make the artificial kidney as big as a coke can to allow for a possible implantation into the patient’s body.