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Average Age For Kidney Transplants
No absolute number: No absolute number. Infants have been successfully transplanted as well as a few recipients in their 80s. It would be uncommon to receive a kidney transplant over age 75. The degree of co-morbidity (other diseases) are often the limiting factor, in particular heart and vascular disease. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
If a person is in end stage renal disease and needs a kidney, would age exclude her from transplant?
Transplant: It depends on several factors. Age is definitely an issue, but they often use extended criteria donor kidneys for older patients (the kidney may be older). I have seen transplant patients in their 80s get kidneys. The biggest issue is that the patient has to be stable enough (heart, lungs, body) to tolerate a transplant. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
2-4 hours in general: Of course there are many factors that determine the length of any surgery - complexity of the anatomy, previous surgeries, size of the patient, risks of bleeding, to name a few. However, for a first time kidney transplant in a normal sized person, the average time is 2-4 hours from start to finish. There will be extra time to go to sleep at the start, prepare the patient, and to wake up after. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Safer than dialysis: Risk assessment is a major part of the txp team's evaluation process. Only pts who are expected to survive at least 3 years should be transplanted, since that is 1 of the key measures used by the gov't to evaluate txp programs. Prolonged dialysis, however, lowers the chance of doing well as pts age + become sicker. If a pt can't walk 1 block (or equivalent activity) pre-txp, survival is unlikely. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No precise age: The question is perhaps best answered when the risks of the procedure outweigh the benefits. This occurs at different ages for different patients. It can be a vexing problem if patients are unrealistic about their rehabilitation potential and their goals. It is not common for a kidney transplant to be done over age 75 but a few are done each year, even for healthy octogenarians. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Rejection Infection: After kidney transplantation, the two primary risks are rejection of the organ and infection related to immune suppression medication. There is an ongoing balance between how much your immune system should be suppressed to prevent rejection, but not to allow too many infections to occur. Immune suppression medications can have many side effects such as diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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