Most patients are on the waiting lists and they are waiting for years to get kidney transplant and live normally. Up until now, it seemed that there is no other solution for this disease.
Recently, scientists from the University of California at San Francisco, USA, managed to develop the world’s first bionic kidney that can replace damaged kidneys. Studies showed that the surgical procedure is easy and this solution is efficient.
Bionic kidney is ideal or better said perfect replica of human kidney. It is consisted of numerous microchips and is moved by the heart. On the same way as normal kidneys, the bionic kidney has the ability to filter waste and toxins from the bloodstream.
Vanderbilt Fissels and Shuvo Roy from the University of California unveiled this extraordinary project and that gave renewed hope for millions of patients who are on kidney dialysis.
Probably many of you would ask: “But, what if the organism rejects it?” Scientists assure us that chances of rejection are equal to zero! Well, that is incredible, right?
Namely, they explain that bionic kidney is made from renal cells. The first prototype had size of a coffee cup and it is able to balance the levels of sodium and potassium in the organism and in same time regulates the blood pressure.
This project and the invention of bionic kidney is great news for all dialysis patients.
In the beginning of this project in November 2015, scientists from the University of California received $6 million from the Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering and we can conclude that the money were well spent.
Scientists who worked at this project have high hopes and expectations for the bionic kidney. Dr. Victor Gura, the lead researcher explains that this device will be available for sale in only 2 years.