Kidney Transplant is an organ transplant of a Kidney into a patient with an end stage kidney disease. Kidneys are bean shaped organ located just below the rib cage on each side of the spine. Their main function is to filter and remove waste and fluid from the blood by producing urine. A Kidney failure occurs when your kidney loses this filtering ability and thus leads to accumulation of harmful waste and fluids in your body.
A Kidney Transplant procedure have been performed since the 1950’s. In this surgery failed kidneys are replaced by a healthy kidney from a donor
Common indications of Kidney Transplant.
- Chronic uncontrolled high blood pressure with end stage kidney disease
- Chronic diabetes with diabetic nephropathy
- Polycystic Kidney Disease
- Chronic Kidney Infections
The most common treatment for end stage Kidney disease is dialysis. Dialysis is a procedure that filters and purifies the blood through a machine. Kidney transplant is a final solution for kidney failure where the patients are on long term dialysis
Is Kidney Transplant Safe
A Kidney Transplant is an safe surgery. the surgeon and the healthcare team involved is trained and has decent past experience also if the donor and recipient are in good physical condition then the procedure is successful and safe.
The major risk of transplant is that your body rejects the new kidney. However, its rare that your body will reject the donor kidney if appropriate cross matching and immunosuppressive drugs are been given. Studies show that people with kidney transplant live longer than those who remain on dialysis.
Kidney Transplant protocols
The wait for new and matching kidney can be very long sometimes. The specialist asses each patient in detail to determine if the patient’s body is ready for the transplant. This journey of the renal transplant surgery have become smoother with the advances in the medical field and the effort by medical and surgical teams.
The Transplant is performed using following surgical techniques
- Minimal access surgery: Reduced or zero human handling, High success rate due to advanced precision.
- Open Surgery (Traditional method)- The recipient surgery is usually performed by open method only
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