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A 22-year-old member asked:

How long is the wait for a kidney transplant?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stuart Flechner
Urology 47 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.
Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
Nephrology and Dialysis 10 years experience
Depends : Wait time depends on blood group, antibody level, state anywhere between 2-10 years.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

How many people are waiting for a kidney transplant?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stuart Flechner
Urology 47 years experience
Over 90,000: Currently in the United States about 93, 000 candidates are waiting for a kidney transplant. There are about 17, 000 performed annually.
A 26-year-old member asked:

How long is a kidney transplant operation?

5 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
About 90 minutes: Transplants in young, thin recipients with no vascular disease can take less than an hour. More complicated procedures may take as long as 2 hours. Operations in teaching hospitals can take considerably longer in order to maintain a reasonable degree of safety. There is a wide range in the speed and skill of transplant surgeons and this should be considered when choosing a transplant center.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How long would a kidney transplant surgery take?

4 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 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 32-year-old member asked:

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

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Quresh Khairullah
Nephrology and Dialysis 43 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.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How long would someone be on immunosuppression meds after kidney transplant?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Cain
Nephrology and Dialysis 37 years experience
For life: A successful transplant can have the dose of drugs reduced over time, perhaps some of them discontinued, but even the best matched organs will need continued immunosupression. Identical twin transplants, which are rare may be an exception.

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