Kidney Transplant

What Is Kidney Transplant?

A kidney transplant is a surgical procedure to place a healthy kidney from a living or deceased donor into a person whose kidneys no longer function properly. The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs located on each side of the spine just below the rib cage.

Who is eligible for kidney transplant?

In order to be eligible to receive a kidney transplant: You must have chronic irreversible kidney disease that has not responded to other medical or surgical treatments. You are either on dialysis or may require dialysis in the near future. You must qualify for and be able to tolerate major surgery.

How long can a person live with a kidney transplant?

As a result, the average life expectancy for a patient on dialysis is generally five years. On the other hand, patients who receive a kidney transplant typically live longer than those who stay on dialysis. A living donor kidney functions, on average,12 to 20 years, and a deceased donor kidney from 8 to 12 years.

Is kidney transplant better than dialysis?

Kidney transplantation is considered the treatment of choice for many people with severe chronic kidney disease because quality of life and survival (life expectancy) are often better than in people who are treated with dialysis. However, there is a shortage of organs available for donation.

What should I do after kidney transplant?

To lower your chances of getting skin cancer you should:

  • Avoid direct sunlight.
  • Avoid tanning booths.
  • Wear UVA and UVB sunscreen protection.
  • Be aware of any changes in your skin. Preform self-examines of your skin and lips regularly.
  • Follow the advice of your transplant team and kidney doctor for further skin care.

How long can you live with one kidney?

This usually takes 25 years or more to happen. There may also be a chance of having high blood pressure later in life. However, the loss in kidney function is usually very mild, and life span is normal. Most people with one kidney live healthy, normal lives with few problems.

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