What is a kidney transplant?

A kidney transplant is an operation in which a kidney from one person is put into another person whose kidneys have almost or completely stopped working. If the kidney works well, the person will have less food and fluid restrictions, feel much better overall and return to an almost normal life. This is the goal of transplantation. There are two types of kidney transplants: living donor transplants and deceased donor transplants.

A kidney transplant is an operation that places a healthy kidney from another person into your body. The kidney may come from someone who has died or from a living donor. It can even come from someone who wishes to donate a kidney to anyone in need of a transplant. Your new kidney will be placed in your lower abdomen and connected to your bladder and blood vessels.

The transplant operation takes about three hours and you will be in the hospital for about 5 to 7 days. After the transplant, you will need to take special medications to prevent your body from rejecting the new kidney. You will have to take these medications for as long as you have the transplant. Many people prefer a transplant over dialysis because it gives them more freedom, allows for a less restricted diet and may improve the quality and length of life.

A kidney transplant is a treatment, but not a cure. Kidney transplant recipients still have chronic kidney disease (CKD) and may need some of the other medicines they took before the transplant.

A kidney transplant is an operation where the damaged kidney of a person with kidney disease is replaced with a healthy kidney. The healthy kidney comes from someone else.

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