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A 44-year-old member asked:

how much time passes between testing and kidney transplant surgery?

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Dr. Reginald Gohh
Nephrology and Dialysis 31 years experience
Depends on type: Most transplant centers have adopted a streamlined approach for testing potential kidney recipients and livng donors. This process, including necessary testing and education of both donor and recipient. If deemed to be acceptable candidates, surgery can be scheduled within 3-4 weeks. Of course, the waiting time for a deceased donor is quite different, averaging 3-5 years depnding on location.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

What is the annual fatality rate for kidney transplant surgery?

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Dr. Stuart Flechner
Urology 46 years experience
Better than dialysis: Depends on the donor source and the age and existing co-morbiditeis of the recipient such as cardiovascular disease. The one year mortality after kidney transplant ranges from 2 to 8%. 5 year mortality is about 20%. This of course is superior to the annual mortality on dialysis of 15-20%.
A 38-year-old member asked:

On average, how long will a kidney transplant surgery take?

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Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 32 years experience
Kidney transplant: The surgical procedure is 3 to 4 hours. However, getting onto a transplant list takes time. Waiting until an organ becomes available takes time. Recovery, transplant medications, monitoring and possible complications last your lifetime. Take care of your current organs. Take care of your diabetes. Good luck.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How long would a kidney transplant surgery take?

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Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 32 years experience
Choices: Despite the difficulties, expense and hard work, you are much better off caring for your current organs with your diabetes. If you end up with damaged kidneys despite your best diabetes care efforts, then you can rest assured you can care for your new transplanted organs, (also a lot of work, difficulties and expense). Find a diabetes support group, get involved in your care. Good luck.
A 26-year-old male asked:

What are the restrictions after a kidney transplant surgery.

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Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 32 years experience
Stay on medication: There will be multiple restrictions. The big concept is to stay on your medications. Immunosuppression medications are key to transplant success. Your transplant team will work with you throughout the process.

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Last updated Nov 13, 2012

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