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Can you have two kidneys transplanted?

Can you have two kidneys transplanted?

No: Only one kidney is transplanted because that's all you need to live normally. If however, that kidney fails, sometimes you can receive another kidney transplant. ...Read more

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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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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Are there any other options besides transplanting a kidney?

Are there any other options besides transplanting a kidney?

Dialysis: When the kidneys have failed entirely only dialysis and kidney transplantation are effective for treatment unless the kidneys recover function on their own or with treatment. There are several types of dialysis, but if a patient with irreversible kidney failure is a candidate for transplantation, that is almost always the best therapy for a longer lifespan and better quality of life. ...Read more

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Can a person have multiple kidney transplants in their life?

Can a person have multiple kidney transplants in their life?

Yes: There are many people who receive their second kidney transplants during their lifetime. I am aware of a couple of patients who received a total of four renal transplants in their lifetimes. ...Read more

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How dangerous is it to have a kidney transplanted?

Safer than dialysis: Risk assessment is a major part of the txp team's evaluation process. Only pts who are expected to survive at least 3 years should be transplanted, since that is 1 of the key measures used by the gov't to evaluate txp programs. Prolonged dialysis, however, lowers the chance of doing well as pts age + become sicker. If a pt can't walk 1 block (or equivalent activity) pre-txp, survival is unlikely. ...Read more

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How old is too old to have a kidney transplanted?

How old is too old to have a kidney transplanted?

No precise age: The question is perhaps best answered when the risks of the procedure outweigh the benefits. This occurs at different ages for different patients. It can be a vexing problem if patients are unrealistic about their rehabilitation potential and their goals. It is not common for a kidney transplant to be done over age 75 but a few are done each year, even for healthy octogenarians. ...Read more

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What risks are associated with kidney transplants?

What risks are associated with kidney transplants?

Rejection Infection: After kidney transplantation, the two primary risks are rejection of the organ and infection related to immune suppression medication. There is an ongoing balance between how much your immune system should be suppressed to prevent rejection, but not to allow too many infections to occur. Immune suppression medications can have many side effects such as diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol. ...Read more

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What complications are most common with kidney transplants?

What complications are most common with kidney transplants?

Multiple : short terms complications are related to surgical or infections. The long term mainly chronic rejection, recurrent disease and malignancy ...Read more

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Why do some people need kidney transplants?

Why do some people need kidney transplants?

ESKD: Patients who end up with end-stage kidney diseases (ESKD) need kidney transplants. Common causes of ESKD in the U.S. include diabetes mellitus, hypertension, polycystic kidney diseases, glomerulonephritis, and toxins/medications. ...Read more

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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