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Doctor insights on: Wealthy People Who Need Kidney Transplants

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Why are kidney transplants bad?

Why are kidney transplants bad?

They are not: Much better than indefinite hemo-dialysis or peritoneal dialysis ; far better than dying of uremia (kidney failure). Kidney transplants are associated with complications in many cases, but beefits of kidney transplants far outweigh the risks. ...Read more

Dr. Julie Abbott
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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 are kidney transplants done?

How are kidney transplants done?

Kidney transplant: Once the kidney is removed from the donor eithe living or cadaver, the kidney is placed through a lower abdominal incision iusually into the right side of the pelvis and attached the iliac vein and artery and ureter implanted into the bladder. ...Read more

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How common are kidney transplants?

How common are kidney transplants?

~17,000 a year in US: In 2013, there were 16,895 kidney transplants in the U.S. About 11,000 of them were deceased donor kidney transplants; the rest were living donor transplants. ...Read more

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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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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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What is the success rate of kidney transplants?

Well,: Kidney transplant success rates vary greatly across transplant centers. The average 5 year survival rate is 80-90%, . ...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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How dangerous is it to have a kidney transplanted?

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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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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Can kidney transplants take place in small children?

Over 40 lbs or so: Fortunately, not many small children develop chronic kidney failure and require transplants. However, once they reach a minimum size of approximately 40 lbs, they are candidates for a transplant. The adult sized kidney is placed in the abdomen (if a woman's belly can stretch to hold a 9 month pregnancy, a child's belly can stretch to hold the kidney). Results are usually excellent. ...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