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Doctor insights on: How Long Do I Need To Take Immunosuppression After A Kidney Transplant Operation

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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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Dr. Bernard Seif
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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 would someone be on immunosuppression meds after kidney transplant?

How long would someone be on immunosuppression meds after kidney transplant?

For life: A successful transplant can have the dose of drugs reduced over time, perhaps some of them discontinued, but even the best matched organs will need continued immunosupression. Identical twin transplants, which are rare may be an exception. ...Read more

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What would happen if I would stop my immunosuppression medication after my kidney transplant?

What would happen if I would stop my immunosuppression medication after my kidney transplant?

Immuno suppressant: Immuno suppressant medication prevent body from recognising transplanted kidney as foreign body . If these are stopped there is high probability of body rejecting the transplanted organ , kidney in your case. Not a good idea to change any medication without consulting your specialist or GP. ...Read more

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What do doctors consider when looking at the amount of immune suppression drugs used for a kidney transplant patient?

What do doctors consider when looking at the amount of immune suppression drugs used for a kidney transplant patient?

Many Considerations: There are many issues that can affect the amount of immunosuppression given to a recipient. The relationship between the donor and the recipient, the specific donor kidney source, the age of the recipient, the liver and bone marrow function, prior use of immunosuppressive drugs, prior cancer or infections, are just some of the medical variables that play a role. ...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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How long does a kidney transplant surgery take?

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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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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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 a kidney transplant operation?

How long is a kidney transplant operation?

Usually 3-6 hrs: Factors determining the length include the technical issues, the anesthesia care (going to sleep + waking up), + equipment issues (example is changing a blown out light bulb - surgeons have to be able to see what they are doing!). A kidney txp requires 3 connections - artery, vein + ureter. If the pt is obese, has arterial disease, prior txps, or the kidney has unusual anatomy, it may take longer. ...Read more

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Dr. Henry Selke
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Immunosuppression (Definition)

Our immune systems are complex, with defense functions against external threats and internal functions that define us as unique individuals. Therapeutic medications to control diseases of overactivity of the immune system (like lupus) or to prevent rejection of transplanted organs we want to trick the body into considering "self" have consequences caused by unwanted ...Read more


Dr. Mark Ingerman
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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