Kidney transplant is an operation that replaces your diseased kidneys with a donor kidney. The transplanted kidney takes over the work of your two kidneys that failed. Many patients feel that a successful kidney transplant provides a better quality of life, because it allows greater freedom and often is associated with increased energy levels and a less restricted diet. Kidney transplant gives them a hope of new life. Whether kidney transplant is an option for you depends on your specific situation.
Kidney transplant is replacement of nonworking kidneys with a healthy kidney from another person. If this replaced kidney functions properly, you can live normally.Back To Top
According to two types of donors, kidney transplants can be divided into two kinds: those that comes from living donors and the others that come from cadaver donors. A living donor may be a family member, a friend, a coworker, or in some cases a stranger who wished to donate a kidney to anyone in need of a transplant. In both cases, the key to success is having the closest possible blood and tissue matches, and family members are not always the best match.Back To Top
The surgery usually takes about 3 hours. During this surgery, the doctor will place the donor kidney in your lower abdomen, connect blood vessels from the donor kidney to arteries and veins in your body, and connect the ureter from the donor kidney to your bladder. Blood can then flow though the new kidney. Your new kidney will begin to filter and remove wastes and to produce urine.Back To Top
The complications caused by kidney transplant may include:
◆ Transplant rejection
◆ Imbalances in electrolytes including calcium and phosphate
◆ Infections and sepsis due to the immunosuppressant drugs that are required to decrease risk of rejection.
◆ Serious heart or lung diseases
◆ Failure of the donor kidneyBack To Top
Generally, kidney transplant is an ideal treatment for most patients who are suffering from chronic renal insufficiency, but not each of patients can do dialysis transplant. In making a decision about whether this is the best treatment for you, you need to speak to your doctor, nurse and family members. The common kidney transplant recipients include Primary Glomerulonephritis patients, Chronic Pyelonephritis patients, Interstitial Renal patients and Cystic Kidney Disease patients.Back To Top
You may have to stay in the hospital for 7 to 10 days after receiving your new kidney, and in some cases, it may take time for your new kidney to produce urine. During this period of time, you may have to receive dialysis and take medicines that can help you get rid of excess water and salt from your body.Back To Top
The demand for donated kidneys in the world is far higher than the available supply of donors, both living and dead. There is often a long wait before you receive a donor kidney.
Is a special diet needed?
The kidney transplant recipients often are required following special diet, but your diet is less restricted than the diet when you are on diet. Your doctor and dietitian will change your diet according to your need.Back To Top