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What is the long-term outlook after a kidney transplantation?

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Dr. Quresh Khairullah
Nephrology and Dialysis 42 years experience
Good: Kidney transplantation is generally accepted as the best choice to replace kidney function.Transplantation from a living related donor generally lasts longer than from a deceased donor.You have to take medications to suppress your immune system from rejecting the kidney.
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 39 years experience
Better than dialysis: Txp kidneys have intrinsic quality that varies from excellent (live donor kidneys) to barely acceptable (kidneys from older deceased donor kidneys). To prolong function, protect it with well controlled blood pressure, glucose, and weight. Anti-rejection meds must be taken consistently. In these circumstances, 1/2 of live donor kidneys last 15 yrs. 1/2 of deceased donor kidneys last 10 yrs.
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 25 years experience
Mostly positive: A lot depends on the type of kidney transplant one receives. A deceased donor kidney tends to last approximately 7-10 years whereas a living donor kidney lasts about 15-20+ years assuming that the recipient does everything right. Transplant recipients do have a high risk of cardiovascular disease and need to minimize risk factors for CVD.

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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.

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