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How long is a kidney transplant operation?
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Dr. Amy Friedman
Surgery - Transplant
3 doctors agree
In brief: Usually 3-6 hrs
Factors determining the length include the technical issues, the anesthesia care (going to sleep + waking up), + equipment issues (example is changing a blown out light bulb - surgeons have to be able to see what they are doing!).
A kidney txp requires 3 connections - artery, vein + ureter. If the pt is obese, has arterial disease, prior txps, or the kidney has unusual anatomy, it may take longer.

In brief: Usually 3-6 hrs
Factors determining the length include the technical issues, the anesthesia care (going to sleep + waking up), + equipment issues (example is changing a blown out light bulb - surgeons have to be able to see what they are doing!).
A kidney txp requires 3 connections - artery, vein + ureter. If the pt is obese, has arterial disease, prior txps, or the kidney has unusual anatomy, it may take longer.
Dr. Amy Friedman
Dr. Amy Friedman
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Dr. Amitabh Gautam
Surgery - Transplant
2 doctors agree
In brief: About 3 -4 hours
About 3 hours on the average.

In brief: About 3 -4 hours
About 3 hours on the average.
Dr. Amitabh Gautam
Dr. Amitabh Gautam
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: About
Two hours for most cases.

In brief: About
Two hours for most cases.
Dr. Cosme Manzarbeitia
Dr. Cosme Manzarbeitia
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends
It can vary depending on the size of the recipient, variable anatomy of the kidney (multiple arteries or ureters etc.
), previous surgery in the recipient, or other unusual surgical findings. Most cases take 3-5 hours.

In brief: Depends
It can vary depending on the size of the recipient, variable anatomy of the kidney (multiple arteries or ureters etc.
), previous surgery in the recipient, or other unusual surgical findings. Most cases take 3-5 hours.
Dr. Stuart Flechner
Dr. Stuart Flechner
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In brief: About 90 minutes
Transplants in young, thin recipients with no vascular disease can take less than an hour. More complicated procedures may take as long as 2 hours.
Operations in teaching hospitals can take considerably longer in order to maintain a reasonable degree of safety. There is a wide range in the speed and skill of transplant surgeons and this should be considered when choosing a transplant center.

In brief: About 90 minutes
Transplants in young, thin recipients with no vascular disease can take less than an hour. More complicated procedures may take as long as 2 hours.
Operations in teaching hospitals can take considerably longer in order to maintain a reasonable degree of safety. There is a wide range in the speed and skill of transplant surgeons and this should be considered when choosing a transplant center.
Dr. Barry Browne
Dr. Barry Browne
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