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What is the life expectancy of somebody with a kidney transplant?

What is the life expectancy of somebody with a kidney transplant?

Better than without: People with a working kidney on average live much longer than those on dialysis. The younger the patient, the bigger the benefit. A 60 yr old patient with a transplant will live an average of 9 yrs vs. 3 yrs without. A 30 yr old patient will gain 20+ yrs compared to dialysis. A kidney transplant also vastly improves the person's quality of life. ...Read more

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Dr. John Landi
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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 the life expectancy of someone who has had a kidney transplant?

Other med. problems?: The longevity of a kidney transplant is usually about 10-15 years depending on the source and quality of the donor organ (living donor kidneys tend to last longer). Patient life expectancy generally depends on other medical issues such as heart disease, diabetes, vascular disease or development of cancers. In fact, most recipients will die with a functioning kidney, not because of kidney failure. ...Read more

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How to prolong life expectancy in diabetic kidney transplant amputee?

Life for an amputee: The patient needs to be evaluated for arterial disease of his heart and brain. Peripheral artery disease (pad) is found system wide, not only in the legs. He should be scheduled for a stress echocardiogram to see if he has ischemic disease of his coronary arteries, if positive, angiography of his coronary vessels needs to be done. He also needs a carotid artery scan to see if he has disease there. ...Read more

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Will I have to take medications the rest of my life after my kidney transplant?

Yes: Since the donated kidney is a "foreign" tissue, your body will reject the organ unless you suppress your immunity to some degree. These medications called immunosuppressants are generally required for lifetime but amount may decrease over the years.Your doctor monitors and determines the type and dose. ...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 I resume my normal life after a kidney transplant?

Can I resume my normal life after a kidney transplant?

Yes: Absolutely! through proper, frequent follow-up with your doctors, you can live a "normal", full life. Of course, as with non-transplant individuals, it's important to keep healthy, take all your medicines, and seek medical attention if you get sick. Infections are especially important to be vigilant about after a transplant due to the medications you must take. ...Read more

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Man 50 years old done for him kidney transplant since 7years ago does he looks normal person or still has kidney problem risk for his life or healthy?

Regular follow up: Kidney transplant patients can lead normal life. They need regular follow up at transplant center, with a nephrologist and a primary care physician. Also need to take medication regularly. ...Read more

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I have kidney transplant i m facing poor sex life what i can do to help me?

I have kidney transplant i m facing poor sex life what i can do to help me?

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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Anything to know post-radical nephrectomy? Is there anything life threatening? When should one wait on the kidney transplant list?

Anything to know post-radical nephrectomy? Is there anything life threatening? When should one wait on the kidney transplant list?

Depends: If your remaining kidney is normal your likelihood of needing dialysis or a transplant is very low. In fact if you are born with 1 kidney your risk is the same as people born with 2 kidneys. Follow up of kidney transplant donors demonstrates a very small increase in risk. I would recommend a low sodium diet, avoid tobacco, avoid obesity and maintain a normal bp. Have labs checked yearly. ...Read more

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What method is a kidney transplant done?

Kidney removed from: Donor, either living related or cadaver. This kidney is perfused with ice cold saline ; implanted into recipient. Transplanted kidney is most commonly placed in low right abdomen with blood vessels anastomosed to recipient's iliac artery ; vein. Donor ureter then implanted into recipient's bladder. ...Read more

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Will it hurt to give a kidney transplant?

Will it hurt to give a kidney transplant?

Kidney donation: To give your kidney you will undergo major surgery and pain will be involved. You need to be a very healthy person to donate your kidney to someone. ...Read more

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Can i receive my kidney transplant early?

Well if they have : One to give you. Ask your transplant surgeon. Good luck. ...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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To what extent does a kidney transplant cost?

A lot: Hopefully covered by insurance. However is cheaper in long run than permanent dialysis. There is cost of initial tissue typing ; same for proposed donors. Cost of donor kidney harvesting, whether live or cadaveric. Then cost of transplant surgery ; post-operative hospital care. ; medications (about $100k). Cheaper 2b done in turkey (about $20, 000) india or thailand where they cater to foreigners. ...Read more

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How likely is it that my kidney transplant will work?

Excellent: Especially if you receive living related donor kidney with an excellent tissue match. Prognosis is still good with well matched cadaveric kidney. Good luck. ...Read more

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What I have to do to prolong a healthy kidney transplant?

What I have to do to prolong a healthy kidney transplant?

Kidney transplant: To prolong a kidney transplant, you need to take your immunosupressive agentss consistently and to need to be followed regularly by your team of transplant physicians. They can detect the problem of rejection early on and take steps to prevent it from destroying your transplanted kidney. ...Read more

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Is a kidney transplant necessary to save the other kidney?

Is a kidney transplant necessary to save the other kidney?

Purpose of Renal Tx: When a person has renal failure, it is not just one kidney but both kidneys that have inadequate function. Therefore, a new kidney is needed to assume enough kidney function so that excess electrolytes (potassium, phosphorus) and fluids can be excreted. ...Read more

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What are some diseases where you need a kidney transplant?

What are some diseases where you need a kidney transplant?

End stage kidney: Failure from polycystic kidney disease, bilateral reflux nephropathy, bilateral stone disease, end-stage pyelonephritis, end-stage glomerulonephritis, berger's disease, fabry's disease, bilateral kidney dysplasia, bilateral renal cell cancer or wilm's tumors in children. ...Read more

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What procedures should I follow after my kidney transplant?

Ask your txp center: Beginning even before the txp, patients are given advice about diet, activity, follow-up care, medications etc. But it is hard to remember these complicated guidelines. Most important is to call your transplant coordinator with questions, and to ask at your follow-up appointments. To avoid forgetting, write them down! and always keep an up-to-date list of medications with you. ...Read more

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I've had kidney transplant can I take 1ml of test a fortnight?

You have me stumped: I have no idea what test is. However, as with all transplant patients I would defer to your nephrologist for advice. ...Read more

Dr. Marvin Ott
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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