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can i resume my normal life after a kidney transplant?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Yes: Absolutely! through proper, frequent follow-up with your doctors, you can live a "normal", full life. Of course, as with non-transplant individuals, it's important to keep healthy, take all your medicines, and seek medical attention if you get sick. Infections are especially important to be vigilant about after a transplant due to the medications you must take.
Dr. Ralph Layman
Transplant Surgery 20 years experience
Sort of: You can get closer to normal after transplant than being on dialysis. Many people go back to work, school, professional level sports. However you will be at an increased risk for infection and your immune system is wreaked so other risks are involvd too.

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How do I get a kidney transplant?

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How long is the wait for a kidney transplant?

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Which types of kidney diseases are associated with family history?

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