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Overview: When your kidneys become diseased and can no longer filter waste from the blood and maintain your body’s fluid and electrolyte balance, it leads to kidney failure. There are two types of treatment for kidney failure — dialysis or kidney transplant.
When you get a kidney transplant, a healthy kidney is placed inside your body to carry out the functions your own kidneys can no longer carry out.Learn More
Patients of all ages can get a Kidney Transplant. However, you must be healthy and also free from cancer and infection to undergo kidney transplant procedure.
Kidneys for transplantation come from two different sources: a living donor or a deceased donor.
The Living Donor: A living donor is a healthy, living person from your family, including brothers, sisters,parents (18years or older) or spouse.
The Deceased Donor: A deceased donor kidney comes from a person who has suffered brain death.
During kidney transplant surgery, your surgeon will place a healthy kidney into your lower abdomen, where it is easy to connect it to your blood vessels and bladder. This process is carried out in presence of general anesthesia. The surgery usually takes 3 or 4 hours. If the kidney comes from a living donor, the kidney should start to function very quickly. A kidney from a deceased donor can take longer to start functioning—two to four weeks or more. If that happens, you may need dialysis until the kidney begins to work.
Kidney transplant surgery has a risk of significant complications, including:
You will be advised to have heart-healthy diet (low fat, low salt) and drink plenty of fluids. After the kidney transplant, you need to do exercises regularly to boost energy levels and increase strength. Exercises will help you maintain a healthy weight, reduce stress and prevent common post-transplant complications such as high blood pressure and cholesterol levels.Learn Less
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