A 33-year-old member asked:
how long do i need to take immunosuppression after a kidney transplant operation?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Barry Browne answered
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
Dr. Stuart Flechner answered
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
Dr. Amy Friedman answered
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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