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Doctor insights on: What Is Involved With A Kidney Transplant

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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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Dr. Peter Ihle
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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 do I get a kidney transplant?

How do I get a kidney transplant?

Need a Tx Center: You need to be evaluated by the transplant team at an approved transplant center. They will go over the process and describe what is required to be wait listed for a kidney. One early suggestion, avoid any blood transfusions until you are evaluated. If you become sensitized from an elective blood transfusion, you may wait years or never receive a kidney. ...Read more

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What method is a kidney transplant done?

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?

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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Kidney transplant failed can I get another?

Kidney transplant failed can I get another?

Yes: More than 90% of renal transplant recipients whose kidney fails years after transplant will get resisted for a re-transplant. However, the waiting time for these patients are no different than people waiting for their first kidney transplant. ...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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Are kids born in need of a kidney transplant?

Are kids born in need of a kidney transplant?

Can happen: Children can be born without kidneys or kidney function at all. It will be hard for them to survive. Many in fact also have other congenital anomalies including severe brain deformities which limit their survival. Early childhood renal failure is usually first treated with dialysis in order to restore nutrition and growth. Transplant comes later. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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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