What is a kidney transplant?
A kidney transplant is a surgery to replace a diseased kidney with a healthy kidney from a donor. The donor kidney can come from a deceased person or from a living person, such as a family member or friend. Kidney transplants are the best treatment for kidney failure, and they can greatly improve a person’s quality of life and lifespan.
Who is a candidate for a kidney transplant?
Not everyone is a candidate for a kidney transplant. People with certain medical conditions, such as active cancer or severe heart disease, may not be able to have a transplant. However, most people with kidney failure are candidates for a transplant.
How do I get a kidney transplant?
If you are interested in getting a kidney transplant, you will need to be evaluated by a transplant team. The transplant team will assess your overall health and make sure that you are a good candidate for a transplant.
If you are approved for a transplant, you will be added to the transplant waiting list. The waiting time for a kidney transplant can vary depending on your location and other factors.
What are the risks and benefits of a kidney transplant?
After a kidney transplant, you will need to take medications to prevent rejection of the donor kidney. You will also need to follow your doctor’s instructions carefully to prevent complications.
Most people who have kidney transplants are able to live long and healthy lives.