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How long does a transplanted kidney typically last?

How long does a transplanted kidney typically last?

Over 90% at 1 year: Over 90% of kidneys are working at 1 yr. But only half from deceased donors are working at 8-9 years and about half from living donors are working at 11-12 years. There are some sub groups in each category that can be predicted to work a few years more or less than the averages quoted. There are also some important characteristics in the recipients that strongly influence the outcome. ...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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How long will a transplanted kidney last in your body ?

How long will a transplanted kidney last in your body ?

Depends on the: Person, the kidney and your immune system. And of course the way it was tranplanted into your body - the mechanics of the blood flow. Kidney rejection is complex and i hope you do not reject your kidney. But... This will be explained by your nephrologist and transplant surgeon. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how long will a transplanted kidney last?

Can someone tell me how long will a transplanted kidney last?

Depends: on the type of transplanted kidneys. If one receives a deceased donor (cadaveric) kidney, it usually lasts 8-12 years whereas a living donor kidney is likely to last twice as long. ...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 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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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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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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How long will someone live after getting kidney transplant?

Long time: If you are in good health otherwise, things should go well. If you have serious diseases such as diabetes or hypertension you must take excellent care of yourself daily and keep it controlled. Avoid anymore complications. As always take control of your own good health avoid harmful habits, exercise, and protect your new lease on life. ...Read more

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Is it okay for a person who has had a kidney transplant in the last 4-5years to own a pet dog?

Yes: Dogs are fine to own. Try to avoid direct contact with the stool and if they get sick don't let them lick you. It is safe to have a dog though. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get a kidney transplant when a family member wants to give you a kidney?

It depends: The potential donor has to undergo a thorough donor evaluation. If all the initial tests are entirely normal, the whole process may be done in 1-2 weeks; however, if additional tests are needed, the evaluation can take several months. ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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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