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please tell me if you can get a kidney transplant after 10 years?

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Dr. David Mulligan
General Surgery 35 years experience
Absolutely : Kidney transplants are performed in patients of all ages and after any period of dialysis.

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A 24-year-old member asked:

How do I get a kidney transplant?

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Dr. Stuart Flechner
Urology 46 years experience
Need a Tx Center: You need to be evaluated by the transplant team at an approved transplant center. They will go over the process and describe what is required to be wait listed for a kidney. One early suggestion, avoid any blood transfusions until you are evaluated. If you become sensitized from an elective blood transfusion, you may wait years or never receive a kidney.
A 22-year-old member asked:

How long is the wait for a kidney transplant?

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Dr. Stuart Flechner
Urology 46 years experience
Months to Many Years: No clear answer since it depends on your degree of sensitization to hla antigens, your ABO blood type, and the region of the country you live in. It can range from months to many years. A lucky few % receive a perfectly (hla) matched kidney from anywhere in the country. These are called zero mismatched shared kidneys. The best way to reduce waiting time is try and find a willing living donor.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What is involved in a kidney transplant?

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Dr. Stuart Flechner
Urology 46 years experience
Major Commitment: A kidney transplant is a major surgical procedure which is followed by close attention from your doctors, nurses, and of course yourself. For those with renal failure it is the best way to approach pre-illness levels of activity and well being. It requires daily medications and close clinical monitoring.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Does a kidney transplant require staying over night in a hospital?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Yes: Being a recipient of a kidney is considered major surgery and will require an overnight stay as the following must be monitored: bleeding, infections, organ rejection, kidney function, and other surgical complications.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is a kidney transplant necessary to save the other kidney?

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Dr. Robert Dudley
Family Medicine 24 years experience
No: The goal of a kidney transplant isn't to save the other kidney because usually both kidneys have failed if you need a transplant. A single kidney transplant takes over the function of both failing kidneys.

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