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how long do i need to take immunosuppression after a kidney transplant operation?

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Dr. Barry Browne
34 years experience General Surgery
Forever!!!: Stopping or altering your immunosuppression on your own can put your organ at risk and you will likely end up dead or back on dialysis. The is a lot of research aimed at eliminating immunosuppression but the goal has not yet been reliably achieved.
Answered on Apr 15, 2016
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Dr. Stuart Flechner
45 years experience Urology
Always: For the life of the graft. There are some research studies looking at a few patients that may be able to wean off their drugs if they have certain metabolic characteristists, but it is not advised.
Answered on May 3, 2014
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Dr. Amy Friedman
38 years experience Transplant Surgery
While Kidney Works: The transplanted kidney is made of genetically different "stuff" than you. This will never change. Your immune system won't get used to the kidney - although this is a dream we may some day accomplish with newer medications/treatments. With the tools/drugs currently available you must plan/accept the need to continuously take immunosuppression unless the kidney fails - which we hope won't happen.
Answered on Dec 7, 2016
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