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Doctor insights on: Average Wait Time For Kidney Transplant

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How long is the wait for a kidney transplant?

How long is the wait for a kidney transplant?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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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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How long is the recovery time from a kidney transplant?

How long is the recovery time from a kidney transplant?

Kidney + pt matter: All kidneys + all recipients are not equal. The underlying condition of the patient, + the quality of the kidney (does it work right away or is dialysis needed before it starts working?) play key roles in determining the recovery time. In the best circumstance, with a live donor kidney (these almost always work immediately) + a strong patient, return to non-physical work may be possible in 4-6 wks. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting a kidney transplant? How many months/years would you normally have to wait for one?

Depends: This depends on your blood type, option for living donation, the region of the country you live in and other medical factors. Your transplant center should be able to tell you the average wait time for organs. Also ask about extended criteria donors. ...Read more

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I had a kidney transplant 6 months ago and it itches all the time. What could be causing this?

Many things: Go over your medication list and your diet with your transplant team. You may also seek the advice of a dermatologist if there is one particular skin area that itches. ...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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How much time passes between testing and kidney transplant surgery?

Depends on type: Most transplant centers have adopted a streamlined approach for testing potential kidney recipients and livng donors. This process, including necessary testing and education of both donor and recipient. If deemed to be acceptable candidates, surgery can be scheduled within 3-4 weeks. Of course, the waiting time for a deceased donor is quite different, averaging 3-5 years depnding on location. ...Read more

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How much time does it take to die after going off of kidney transplant anti- rejection meds?

How much time does it take to die after going off of kidney transplant anti- rejection meds?

Hard to say.: Immunosuppression medications are necessary to prevent the body from attacking the transplanted kidney. If the medications are stopped, the body begins to attack (reject) the organ and the kidney will eventually fail. Once this happens, dialysis will need to be started. Many factors affect the rate at which the body attacks the kidney, making an exact answer to your question difficult. ...Read more

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Anything to know post-radical nephrectomy? Is there anything life threatening? When should one wait on the kidney transplant list?

Depends: If your remaining kidney is normal your likelihood of needing dialysis or a transplant is very low. In fact if you are born with 1 kidney your risk is the same as people born with 2 kidneys. Follow up of kidney transplant donors demonstrates a very small increase in risk. I would recommend a low sodium diet, avoid tobacco, avoid obesity and maintain a normal bp. Have labs checked yearly. ...Read more

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I had my kidney transplant in 2005. Have wanted to smoke for a long time. I have been extremely stable for the whole time with no kidney problems.

Good for you: Don't ruin it by smoking again. You owe it to yourself and perhaps more so to the selfless donor. You are helping repay the donor by keeping their, now your, kidney going for as long as you can. ...Read more

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Kidney Transplant (Definition)

Kidneys anatomically require connection to an artery for blood supply, a vein for blood drainage and the bladder for urine outflow. In a transplant a healthy kidney is disconnected from its usual attachments and moved to a new location with those 3 requirements (artery, vein, bladder). This may be an auto-txp - somewhere else in your own body; or an allo-txp -from ...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