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PKD: Is Kidney Transplant Advisable at His Age

Hi, my husband has polycystic kidneys. His age is 69, will be 70 in October. I would like to know whether a kidney transplant is advisable at this age.

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PKD: Is Kidney Transplant Advisable at His AgeGenerally speaking, if someone needs a kidney transplant, it does not matter if she is 25 or 70 years old what counts is how long he has spent waiting for a suitable organ to become available. Does your husband have a donor? If not, he may have to wait years. Besides, he needs to meet the following conditions if he wants to have a successful kidney transplant.

1. He is well enough to withstand the effects of surgery.

2. He is willing to comply with the recommended treatments required after the transplant - such as taking immunosuppressants medication and attending regular follow-up appointments.

Alternatives to kidney transplant for the old PKD patients

For the elderly, it may take time to get recovery from the surgery. Then why not try some conservative treatment, which can also ensure their lifespan and living quality. In our hospital, Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy is often used. This is a great innovation of traditional Chinese medicine. It can penetrate the micronized herbs into polycystic kidneys directly to take effect. This treatment can suppress the abnormal proliferation of renal tubular epithelial cells and lining cells to prevent the cysts from enlarging. It can also increase the permeability of cyst wall and pressure difference inside and outside so that fluid can be drawn out, and then renal cysts will become small.

Generally speaking, after about one week’s treatment, back pain will be relieved greatly. After about half month’s treatment, high blood pressure will be lowered. After about one month’s treatment, kidney cysts will shrink, and kidney condition will get improved. With treatment going on, his kidney condition will get better and better, and then he can keep dialysis and kidney transplant away.

Most people who need a kidney transplant are able to have one, regardless of their age. But we should know that kidney transplant is not the only choice for patients. If you are interested in the above treatment, you can leave a message below or contact online doctor.

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