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Is there an issue with having monoxidil oil for scalp (baldness) after I had a kidney transplant (pod-12months), using tacrolimus immune suppressive?

Is there an issue with having monoxidil oil for scalp (baldness) after I had a kidney transplant (pod-12months), using tacrolimus immune suppressive?

No problem: There is no problem using Minoxidil on the scalp since it is not absorbed and may well not be effective due to your use of the drug tacrolimus. You may need to discuss switching from tacrolimus to Cyclosporine with your transplant team. By the way, Cyclosporine causes excessive hair growth - this is one of its side effects! ...Read more

Dr. Krishna Kumar
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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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What is involved in a kidney transplant?

What is involved in a kidney transplant?

Major Commitment: A kidney transplant is a major surgical procedure which is followed by close attention from your doctors, nurses, and of course yourself. For those with renal failure it is the best way to approach pre-illness levels of activity and well being. It requires daily medications and close clinical monitoring. ...Read more

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What way is the easiest to get a kidney transplant?

What way is the easiest to get a kidney transplant?

Go get evaluated: Assuming you have advance chronic kidney disease, you should ask your physician to refer you to a nearby transplant center where you can be begin your evaulation for a kidney transplant. You will be provided with your treatments options, including obtaining a living vs. Deceased donor kidney. Deceased donor kidneys generally require placement on a list for a minimum of 3-4 years so it would be e. ...Read more

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What are the chances a kidney transplant goes wrong?

What are the chances a kidney transplant goes wrong?

Low: The chances are low but it can happen. The most common cause of death after kidney transplant is heart attack. Other things that could go wrong are bleeding, blood clots, wound problems, circulation problems and sometimes the kidney just doesn't work. These things, while rare, can happen and you should have. Serious discussion with your surgeon before any operation. ...Read more

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What is a kidney transplant like and why is it necessary?

What is a kidney transplant like and why is it necessary?

For kidney failure: A kidney transplant is needed if an individual no longer has sufficient kidney function to produce urine and remove waste products. There is a long list of kidney diseases that can result in kidney failure. Some occur in children who are born with damaged kidneys and others develop kidney failure later in life. After a kidney transplant, normal kidney function is restored. ...Read more

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What are the after effects of a kidney transplant?

What are the after effects of a kidney transplant?

No more dialysis: This is a very general question. If the new kidney is functioning well most recipients are able to return to pre-illness levels of activity. Many adults return to full time work and school. They no longer do dialysis, but must take a number of new drugs that prevent rejection. They need to continue lifelong follow-uup by their transplant team. ...Read more

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Kidney transplant patients have develop proteurinata?

No, investigation: Patients with normal functioning transplant should not have proteinuria (protein in urine). Any proteinuria should be confirmed, quantified and investigated thoroughly. Please consult transplant nephrologist. ...Read more

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Can kidney transplant patients keep cats in their homes?

Can kidney transplant patients keep cats in their homes?

Yes: Although your body is immunocompromised due to the anti-rejection medications, it is still safe to keep cats in the home. I would suggest keeping the cats away the first 3 months after transplant as that is when you are must at risk for an infection. ...Read more

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Can kidney transplant patients have cats in their homes?

Can kidney transplant patients have cats in their homes?

Yes they can: No reason not to have cats unless subject or family is allergic to them. ...Read more

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Sex life after kidney transplant?

Yes, yes, yes: Sex is an important part of life quality - feel empowered to discuss openly with your transplant team. Some men have difficulty with erections because of hypertension, diabetes and medications they must take - usually treatable. You must also consider possible impact of immunosuppressants on causing abnormal sperm (risk is probably low). Overall, odds are good for being active. Be responsible too. ...Read more

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Can kidney transplant patients use hgh?

Can kidney transplant patients use hgh?

Risks involved: Thank you for your question. All medications can affect how your transplant medications work. Kidney rejection due to not enough medication is possible. Alternatively severe infection or kidney injury from too much medication is also possible. Higher blood pressure is often seen with hormone therapy and that too may cause your transplant kidney to incur damage. Close monitoring would be needed. ...Read more

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Risks of kidney transplant and plasma exchange?

Not very harmful: If someone spoke to you about plasma exchange, then the issue is the presence of anti-donor antibodies in the recipient. The procedure removes the plasma containing the antibodies. The procedure is used either at the time (or just before) the transplant to prevent rejection in sensitized patients. Or, after the transplant if antibody mediated rejection has occurred. ...Read more

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How long does a kidney transplant surgery take?

3 - 4 hours: Is not a type of surgery to be rushed. Sometimes problems can be encountered which will prolong surgery, e.G if there are two renal arteries on the donor kidney, or if one or both native kidneys in recipient need to be removed coincident with transplant. ...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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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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Can I eat proteins if I have had a kidney transplant?

Can I eat proteins if I have had a kidney transplant?

Yes: For those with a functioning kidney transplant a regular diet with limited salt and fat is preferred. For diabetics concentrated sugar may also be limited. ...Read more

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What is the total cost of a kidney transplant surgery?

What is the total cost of a kidney transplant surgery?

Difficult to pinpoin: But mostly runs about 50, 000 to 60, 000, usually this is the reimbursement to hospitals. ...Read more

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Which sports should I avoid if I had a kidney transplant?

Very few: I tell my patients tackle football, boxing, and skydiving. Use common sense. If you are fit you should be able to do most any sport. You should be aware there is an organized transplant olympics every few years; you would be shocked to see just how talented and capable many transplant recipients perform. ...Read more

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Can a 76 year old man get a kidney transplant? Is it safe?

Yes if very active: Transplant teams consider how old a person seems medically, not the # of years of their age. A 76 year old who cannot walk 1 block is probably not in good enough condition to survive and thrive from a transplant for long enough to justify the use of that kidney. But, a 76 year old who is quite active and does not have other major medical problems, may have the best chance for long life with a txp. ...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 does medicare last for kidney transplant patient?

How much time does medicare last for kidney transplant patient?

3 years: Once you have a transplant, Medicare will pick up the cost of your anti-rejection meds for the first three years. ...Read more

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What is the annual fatality rate for kidney transplant surgery?

Better than dialysis: Depends on the donor source and the age and existing co-morbiditeis of the recipient such as cardiovascular disease. The one year mortality after kidney transplant ranges from 2 to 8%. 5 year mortality is about 20%. This of course is superior to the annual mortality on dialysis of 15-20%. ...Read more

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What are the effects of CMV for a person with kidney transplant?

Affects many organs: Cytomegalovirus is very common, and over half the adult population has had the infection. However, transplant patients that take immunosuppressive drugs to prevent rejection are very susceptible to reactivation of latent (hibernating) virus, or getting a primary infection from the donor who may have been exposed. The virus can invade the bone marrow, liver, lungs, intestines, eyes, etc. ...Read more

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Does a kidney transplant require staying over night in a hospital?

Does a kidney transplant require staying over night in a hospital?

2 or 3, maybe more: All kidney transplants are not the same. Depending on how fragile or sturdy the patient is, how much the kidney has been injured by the process of moving it from the donor to the recipient (such as temporarily stopping blood flow to it!), and how difficult the operation was, the length of hospital based recovery will be determined. If dialysis is still required, that too must be available at home. ...Read more

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Can you use steroids if you've had a kidney transplant in the past?

Can you use steroids if you've had a kidney transplant in the past?

Yes: Steroid use could be limited by any allergies or complications from prior use. ...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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Are sit ups safe after a receiving a kidney transplant 4 months ago?

Should be safe: If your transplant incision is healed, there should be no reason why you can't do sit ups. You may want to ask your transplant surgeon to be sure there are no problems. ...Read more

Dr. Lynne Weixel
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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