What is a kidney transplant?

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 5-7 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.

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Kidney Transplant

One of the most common transplant procedures in the United States, kidney transplantation is a treatment option for those with advanced and permanent kidney failure. The first kidney transplant was performed in the 1950s, and sinc...

nce then doctors have learn much about minimizing the side effects of medications and how to prevent the body from rejecting the new organ. Healthy kidneys remove wastes and excess fluids from blood, which balances out the chemicals in the blood and keep it clean. When the kidneys fail, the body is unable to remove the harmful wastes and they could damage the body. Kidney transplantation is not for everyone. Certain conditions make the procedure too dangerous or unlikely to be successful.
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