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Doctor insights on: Average Age For Kidney Transplants

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Is there an age limit for a kidney transplantation?

Is there an age limit for a kidney transplantation?

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 more

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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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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If a person is in end stage renal disease and needs a kidney, would age exclude her from transplant?

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 more

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On average, how long will a kidney transplant surgery take?

On average, how long will a kidney transplant surgery take?

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 more

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If soneone has kidney failure how long will they live on average, with no transplant?

If soneone has kidney failure how long will they live on average, with no transplant?

Need more Info: Life expectancy with end stage renal disease (kidney failure) would be impacted by other systemic diseases (diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc.) and age at the time of diagnosis. There have been people leaving 20 years or more on dialysis. ...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?

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

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Can you have two kidneys transplanted?

Can you have two kidneys transplanted?

No: Only one kidney is transplanted because that's all you need to live normally. If however, that kidney fails, sometimes you can receive another kidney transplant. ...Read more

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Why do some people need kidney transplants?

Why do some people need kidney transplants?

ESKD: Patients who end up with end-stage kidney diseases (ESKD) need kidney transplants. Common causes of ESKD in the U.S. include diabetes mellitus, hypertension, polycystic kidney diseases, glomerulonephritis, and toxins/medications. ...Read more

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What is the success rate of kidney transplants?

Well,: Kidney transplant success rates vary greatly across transplant centers. The average 5 year survival rate is 80-90%, . ...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