Is a kidney transplant an option for me?
Many patients feel that following a transplant their quality of life is better than compared to being on dialysis. It can offer more freedom because you no longer need to attend for dialysis, and there is no real diet or fluid restriction.
However, if you are waiting for a cadaveric kidney, it may take months or even several years until an appropriate donor kidney is found. It is difficult to say how long you may have to wait, some people are fortunate and receive a transplant quickly, others will spend longer on the waiting list. This waiting time can be difficult for some patients to cope with, and can cause frustration and stress. These feelings are natural, and your doctor and nursing staff will help you to cope with any concerns you may have.
Kidney transplantation requires an operation to transplant a healthy kidney from another person into your body. Various tests have to be completed before an operation date can be scheduled. During the operation the kidney is placed into your lower abdomen and is joined to your artery and vein. The blood then passes through the transplant and it starts to make urine.
It is also important to know that the kidney transplantation does not heal the kidney disease. To protect your kidney from rejection by your body or recurrence of the underlying kidney disease, daily medication and regular consultations with your doctor are vital.
Please always consult your nephrologist.
Find out how the almost 70-year-old success story of kidney transplants offers more options than you might think.
Go to the special topic article on page 6 of our Share for Care magazine