Kidney Transplants

Patients with deteriorating kidney function or those already on dialysis due to kidney failure can benefit from a kidney transplant. Kidney transplant is a procedure by which a defunct kidney is replaced by a healthy kidney from a living or deceased donor. Kidney transplants are often the most appropriate surgical procedure for treating kidney failure, but they are not cures, so aftercare is essential.

Patients eligible for a kidney transplant will be placed on a waitlist for a deceased kidney donor to become available. Alternatively, patients may receive a kidney from a healthy friend or relative who is a transplant match.

Frequently Asked Questions

One-year post-transplant, the success rate of a living and deceased donor transplant is 98.11% and 94.88%, respectively. Additionally, patients who receive transplants from living donors generally live longer, have longer-lasting transplants, and have shorter downtime post-surgery.
Lifestyle changes, such as exercise, a healthy diet, and smoking cessation are the best way to prepare for a kidney transplant.
Most patients recover after eight weeks and can return to normal activities. In the meantime, patients should avoid strenuous physical activity and driving.
Patients can live healthy lives post-transplant, extending their lifespan.
Hydration is vital for a successful recovery. A kidney transplant patient should drink approximately 68 ounces of water daily.
The wait for a deceased kidney donor can take several years, and despite the long wait, there is no guarantee that a match will be found. Ensuring that the donor’s kidney is a match is essential to preventing transplant rejection.
Signs of rejection include increased serum creatinine, fever, flu-like symptoms, tenderness around the transplant area, fluid rejection, sudden weight gain, and a significant decrease in urine output.

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