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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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Dr. Qamar Khan
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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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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?

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

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

10-15 yrs: 10-15 yrs time frame is the average, which means some more and some less. Younger kidney, healthier recipient, better genetic matching such as identical twins etc.. And good after-transplant care will make a big difference. So, keep healthy, follow docs' advices. Thank the donor for your second chance at life! be good and good luck. ...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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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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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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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

Dr. Darrin Cunningham
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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