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A 33-year-old member asked:

how do i extend the life of my transplanted kidney?

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Dr. Stuart Flechner
Urology 46 years experience
Moderation: Best choices for long term kidney graft survival include, no added salt low fat diet, exercise--keep bmi.
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 25 years experience
Be compliant: Transplant surgery is just a beginning of this long journey. You need to comply with your anti-rejection meds and post-transplant clinic follow-up. Live smart (i.e. practice good hygiene, get flu vaccine, have good blood pressure and blood sugar control, exercise, maintain stable weight, etc). Your transplant MDs and nurses will help you achieve your goal.

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A 22-year-old member asked:

How well will the transplanted kidney work with the old one?

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Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Very well.: Although one can survive with only one kidney; transplant patients do quite well and have a return to normal renal(kidney) function. It is usually the immunosuppressant medications used to prevent rejection of the new organ that can be the most problematic.
A 50-year-old member asked:

How long does a transplanted kidney typically last?

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Dr. Stuart Flechner
Urology 46 years experience
Over 90% at 1 year: Over 90% of kidneys are working at 1 yr. But only half from deceased donors are working at 8-9 years and about half from living donors are working at 11-12 years. There are some sub groups in each category that can be predicted to work a few years more or less than the averages quoted. There are also some important characteristics in the recipients that strongly influence the outcome.
A 46-year-old member asked:

The side where my transplanted kidney is located feels like it is getting bigger? What can cause this?

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Dr. Ralph Layman
Transplant Surgery 20 years experience
Differnet things: There are several things that can cause this area to swell. Some are more serious than others. If your kidney is still working well based on lab tests then you should be evaluated for a hernia at the transplant sight. Kidney that are undergoing rejection can swell. Also other wound problems like old blood, fluid or leaking urine can build up and cause swelling.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Is there anything i can do to extend the life of my transplanted kidney?

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Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Follow instructions: Take your immunosuppressant medications as prescribed. Limit protein intake to reasonable amounts. Treat high blood pressure if it develops. Take regular exercise and control diet to avoid unnecessary weight gain. In fact lose weight if overweight.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Can someone tell me how long will a transplanted kidney last?

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Dr. Richard Mangus
Transplant Surgery 22 years experience
Average 12 years: The overall life expectancy of a transplanted kidney is around 12 years. However, this varies greatly depending upon the immunologic match between the recipient and donor, as well as other factors such as the primary disease and age at transplant. There are some patients who have a functioning transplant kidney 40 years later, while others have early rejection and lose the kidney. Consult with md.

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