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Is a kidney transplant necessary to save the other kidney?
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Dr. W. James Chon
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. W. James Chon
Dr. W. James Chon
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Dr. Ralph Layman
Surgery - Transplant
In brief: No
I am not exactly sure of your question but you do not need a kidney transplant unless both of your kidneys are not working.
As long as you have a working kidney, even if it is only one. You don't need a transplant.

In brief: No
I am not exactly sure of your question but you do not need a kidney transplant unless both of your kidneys are not working.
As long as you have a working kidney, even if it is only one. You don't need a transplant.
Dr. Ralph Layman
Dr. Ralph Layman
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Dr. Robert Dudley
Family Medicine
In brief: No
The goal of a kidney transplant isn't to save the other kidney because usually both kidneys have failed if you need a transplant.
A single kidney transplant takes over the function of both failing kidneys.

In brief: No
The goal of a kidney transplant isn't to save the other kidney because usually both kidneys have failed if you need a transplant.
A single kidney transplant takes over the function of both failing kidneys.
Dr. Robert Dudley
Dr. Robert Dudley
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