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I was wondering what are the differences between renal dialysis and kidney transplant?

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Dr. Stuart Flechner
Urology 46 years experience
Big difference: Both are ways to treat kidney failure. Dialysis is the cleansing of the blood of most impurities that build up without a functioning kidney. It can be done through a machine with filters or through a tube in the peritoneum (abdomen) to exchange fluids. A transplant means surgically implanting a new kidney to due to job of the old ones.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

What are the differences between renal dialysis and transplant?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Amitabh Gautam
Transplant Surgery 42 years experience
Less cardiac risk: The most important advantage of kidney transplant over dialysis is that it reduces the excess risk of cardiac mortality from kidney failure. However it is an invasive procedure with its own risks from the surgical procedure and the side effects of the drugs needed to prevent rejection. This is the reason for extensive testing and counseling before transplantation.
Dr. Linda Gromko
Family Medicine 48 years experience
Dialysis gives only a fraction of "normal kidney function." The best thing to replicate kidney function is a functioning kidney. Start talking early to people who might be willing to serve as a living donor. What a gift! LGromkoMD
Jan 18, 2013
Last updated Jan 26, 2015

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