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Doctor insights on: Average Wait Time For Kidney Transplant

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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 average wait for a liver transplant?

How long is the average wait for a liver transplant?

Varies: It is difficult to give an "average" wait time, because the wait time is dependent on how sick the person is. At this time, there are not enough livers for the number of people needing them. A score (meld score) is commonly used to determine who is most severely ill, and most in need of an urgent transplant. One person's wait time may be much different than another's, based on how sick he/she is. ...Read more

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Will you survive diabetes longer after a kidney transplant?

Will you survive diabetes longer after a kidney transplant?

No: Diabetes has a host of related issues. But if the kidneys are damaged due to uncontrolled blood glucose, any new kidney would be predisposed as well. ...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 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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Where's shortest wait for heart transplant?

Where's shortest  wait for heart transplant?

See below: That's not how it works in the U.S. Everyone who needs an organ transplant is pooled together and ranked according to their condition and severity. Then when a match becomes available, they go down the national list. So an organ procured in california may go to someone in ohio. It all depends on your severity and genetic factors. See unos (united network for organ sharing) for details. ...Read more

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How much dialysis is needed for a patient that urinates every day, his kidney trnasplant failed after 5 years?

How much dialysis is needed for a patient that urinates every day, his kidney trnasplant failed after 5 years?

It depends...: Even if there is residual kidney function left after transplant failure, the nephrologist will look at other clinical and lab factors like patient symptoms, blood pressure/volume, phosphate, nutritional status, etc to determine dialysis frequency. Urine output is just one part of this complex decision making process. And finally, the urine's "quality" matters as much as its quantity! ...Read more

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How long could disability last for a kidney/pancreas transplant patient?

Catch 22 answer: With successful transplantation and a robust recipient, there should not be any left over disability. The patient should be capable of working within approximately 2-3 months. But many diabetics who need these transplants have serious visual and foot problems that cause permanent disabilities. When possible, the point of transplant is full return to all of life. The judgement is made individually. ...Read more

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How long would a kidney transplant surgery take?

How long would 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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Man 50years old done for him kidney transplant since 7years ago for how long the new kidney will be normal funktion .And survival rate for him?

Man 50years old done for him kidney transplant since 7years ago for how long the new kidney will be normal funktion .And survival rate for him?

Many factors: Donor source (cadaveric vs. Living), age of donor, degree of matching, history of kidney rejection and response to treatment, medication compliance, current kidney function, and status of underlying disease that caused initial kidney failure, all figure into allograft and patient survival estimates. The patient's kidney transplant team has all this information can provide a succinct answer. ...Read more

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For what length of time can a heart and kidney transplant recipient be expected to live until?

Transplant : Transplant survival has many components. Double transplant patients are generally very sick to start with. If they are lucky and get both organs, their long term survival depends on how they tolerate the immunosuppressive therapy and the rest of their status. Expect to live is hard to say, probably expect 5 years with more possible. ...Read more

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How long is a live kidney donation surgery for the donor?

How long is a live kidney donation surgery for the donor?

2.5 to 4 hours: There is some variability, but the surgery can last from 2.5 to 4 hours. The procedure can be done laparoscopically or via a larger incision (open donor nephrectomy). The recovery time for a laparoscopic donation is usually shorter than the open donor nephrectomy. ...Read more

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How many years does a kidney transplant last?

How many years does a kidney transplant last?

Depends on source: It depends on the donor source and ages of the donor and recipient. About 90% of all kidney recipients are alive with a functioning graft at 1 year. Approximately 55% of living kidney recipients and 40% of deceased donor kidney recipients are alive with a functioning graft at 10 years. Some kidneys have lasted over 30 years. ...Read more

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For how long does a kidney transplant surgery take?

For how long does a kidney transplant surgery take?

Probably 2-5 hours..: The surgical time of kidney transplant may highly vary depending upon team work, surgeon's experience and skill, anatomical variation of the transplanted kidney, etc. For detail, ask surgeon directly. ...Read more

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My mother needs a double lung transplant but possibly a kidney transplant first aswho are waiting for a transplant, actually get one in time?

My mother needs a double lung transplant but possibly a kidney transplant first aswho are waiting for a transplant, actually get one in time?

Donor lack: Your mother may be in the late 60's or be physiologically too old to be a candidate for those transplants. Your transplant surgeon is the only one to know. Unfortunately every year many transplant candidates never actually get to have any transplant because of lack of suitable donors in a timely fashion. ...Read more

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Recovery time for corneal transplant days or weeks?

Recovery time for corneal transplant days or weeks?

Weeks or months: It really depends on what surgical technique is used, but with a traditional corneal transplant it takes months for the healing to stabilize. With more modern techniques like dsek it is much faster since there are fewer sutures and a smaller wound. ...Read more

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My father needs a double lung transplant but possibly a kidney transplant first. Do people who are waiting for a transplant, actually get one in time?

Sometimes: There are far more people on transplant lists than organs available. Some people will die waiting for transplants, which has lead to investigation into other options for treatment. of patients, with multiple other medical problems, are likely to wind up at the bottom of those lists. ...Read more

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Kidney stent procedure - how long is the average hospital stay for a kidney stent implant?How long do you need to stay out of work?

Kidney stent procedure   - how long is the average hospital stay for a kidney stent implant?How long do you need to stay out of work?

Varies: If you have not had a lot of complications and the stent procedure is elective, you may not even need to stay in the hospital. It is not uncommon to stay a day though. You can usually work right away, but it depends on whether you develop any pain, which will vary person to person. ...Read more

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How long do I need to take immunosuppression after a kidney transplant operation?

How long do I need to take immunosuppression after a kidney transplant operation?

While Kidney Works: The transplanted kidney is made of genetically different "stuff" than you. This will never change. Your immune system won't get used to the kidney - although this is a dream we may some day accomplish with newer medications/treatments. With the tools/drugs currently available you must plan/accept the need to continuously take immunosuppression unless the kidney fails - which we hope won't happen. ...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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Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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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