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Are there any other options besides transplanting a kidney?

Are there any other options besides transplanting a kidney?

Dialysis: When the kidneys have failed entirely only dialysis and kidney transplantation are effective for treatment unless the kidneys recover function on their own or with treatment. There are several types of dialysis, but if a patient with irreversible kidney failure is a candidate for transplantation, that is almost always the best therapy for a longer lifespan and better quality of life. ...Read more

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Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Transplant (Definition)

In medicine: a transfer from one body or body part to another of an organ (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas bowel) or tissue (hand, face, hair). The immune system fights foreign invaders (like infections) so it will reject transplants from other people (allotransplants) because they look like infections. So transplants usually require drugs to ...Read more


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My daughter had a kidney transplant 3 yrs ago, now in rejection, Is a 2nd transplant an option?

My daughter had a kidney transplant 3 yrs ago, now in rejection, Is a 2nd transplant an option?

Yes, ...: Getting a second kidney transplant is an option after failing to "permanently" retaining the first one. However, the contributing factors to decide if she is suitable for a second one should be scrutinized harder than before in terms of her general mental / physical health, other medical co- morbidity, her coping will. So, work closely with the doc to assess the balance between needs & possibility ...Read more

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What can be done for someone with a bad kidney when there seem to be no treatment options (such as a transplant or dialysis) available?

What can be done for someone with a bad kidney when there seem to be no treatment options (such as a transplant or dialysis) available?

Options?: If a patient with kidney failure cannot start some type of dialysis (D), or have a kidney transplant, the patient will die. There are patients, who have a good quality of life, on D over 100. You should speak to the nephrologist of the patient (P) to see why the P's condition is poor that the P cannot be started on some type of D. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hoping you can tell me, is transplant ever an option for kidney stone treatment?

Hoping you can tell me, is transplant ever an option for kidney stone treatment?

Very, very rarely.: In patients with renal failure caused by some large kidney stone a transplant may be performed. During my fellowship, i saw a patient who had a large staghorn calculus (stone) in his solitary kidney that eventually led to renal failure. He eventually received a transplant. ...Read more

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Can we masturbate after kidney transplant! and after how much time having sex will be a good option? ?

Can we masturbate after kidney transplant! and after how much time having sex will be a good option? ?

Both ok: In general, waiting about 4-6 weeks for the surgical site to heal is advisable. After that, have fun. If you do masturbate, make sure that you ejaculate and don't force it retrograde into the bladder. ...Read more

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Is kidney transplantation a viable option for people with kidney cancer?

Is kidney transplantation a viable option for people with kidney cancer?

Yes: Small cancers found incidentally have little impact on the ability to get a kidney transplant. Larger tumors or those that have spread away from the kidney will require the patient to wait a period of time (usually 3-5 years) to make sure that the cancer is "cured" before they are allowed to receive a kidney transplant. ...Read more

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Why are kidney transplants bad?

Why are kidney transplants bad?

They are not: Much better than indefinite hemo-dialysis or peritoneal dialysis ; far better than dying of uremia (kidney failure). Kidney transplants are associated with complications in many cases, but beefits of kidney transplants far outweigh the risks. ...Read more

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How are kidney transplants done?

How are kidney transplants done?

Kidney transplant: Once the kidney is removed from the donor eithe living or cadaver, the kidney is placed through a lower abdominal incision iusually into the right side of the pelvis and attached the iliac vein and artery and ureter implanted into the bladder. ...Read more

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How common are kidney transplants?

How common are kidney transplants?

~17,000 a year in US: In 2013, there were 16,895 kidney transplants in the U.S. About 11,000 of them were deceased donor kidney transplants; the rest were living donor transplants. ...Read more

Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more