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Doctor insights on: Age Criteria And Kidney Transplants

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Is there an age limit for a kidney transplantation?

Is there an age limit for a kidney transplantation?

No absolute number: No absolute number. Infants have been successfully transplanted as well as a few recipients in their 80s. It would be uncommon to receive a kidney transplant over age 75. The degree of co-morbidity (other diseases) are often the limiting factor, in particular heart and vascular disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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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's life like after kidney transplantation?

What's life like after kidney transplantation?

TRANSPLANT: There are several things on the do and not do list. It is important to keep up with blood work and antirejection medications that can be costly. All are better for you and easier to manage than a dialysis schedule. ...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?

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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Looking for kidney transplantation. How do I get on the waitlist?

Looking for kidney transplantation. How do I get on the waitlist?

UNOS: You should seek and make an appt to see a transplant center ASAP. For a young person as your self transplant is the best option. Depending on your state and blood type wait times can vary. Remember you can listed in more than one state and more than one center. You just have to pick a primary center. Do your home work. UNOS is the body that regulates transplant in USA. http://www.unos.org ...Read more

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Who should italk to if I am interested in investigating kidney transplantation?

Local Tx Centers: You can get good information from the websites of the united network for organ sharing, the american society of transplant surgeons, the american society for transplantation. And the national kidney foundation to name a few. ...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. Jeffrey Wint
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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