- On June 22, 2017 /
- By davita /
- In Treatment Options
What is kidney transplant?
During kidney transplant, a healthy kidney is placed inside the body by performing surgery. Transplant is usually done when your kidneys are no longer performing its function. Once transplant is done, there will be no much diet restrictions. Your health and energy will improve. Generally transplant surgery will be successful, but how long the kidney can last depends on number of factors like donor, person’s body, etc. Few people might need more than one kidney transplant during a lifetime.
Who can get a kidney transplant?
Patients of all ages can get kidney transplant. The person should be healthy to survive the surgery. Also, the patient should be free from cancer and infection. Every person being considered for transplant will get a full medical and psycho social evaluation to make sure they are a good candidate for transplant.
How the transplant is done?
Generally, a new kidney will be placed into lower abdomen and your own kidneys will not be removed unless there is some problem in those kidneys like cancer, etc. New kidney will be placed in lower abdomen because it is easiest to connect it to your important blood vessels and bladder and also it makes easier to take care of any problems that might come up.
Why should I take anti-rejection medicines after transplant?
Normally, our body function is like it fights off anything that is not part of itself, like germs and viruses. Hence, this system of protection is called your immune system. To stop your body from attacking or rejecting the donated kidney, you will have to take medicines to keep your immune system less active. These are called anti-rejection medicines or immunosuppressant medicines.
What happens after I go home?
Followup. So once you are back home from the hospital, is it very important to followup with the doctor on regular basis. For your transplant to be successful, you should have regular checkups, especially during the first year. Initially every week you need to get the blood tests done. After that, you will need fewer checkups like once a month. These are done just to make sure that your kidneys are working well and that you have the right amount of anti-rejection medication in your body. Most importantly, the medications should never be stopped and the nephrologist’s instructions should be followed promptly to keep your kidneys healthy.