The following will help answer questions you may have about kidney transplants.
What is a kidney transplant?
A kidney (renal) transplant is a procedure conducted by a transplant surgeon. In this procedure, a healthy kidney from a donor is transplanted into your body. Normally the non-working kidneys remain.
Transplanted kidney begins the cleaning process in the blood after the surgery with a well-functioning kidney. There is no need for dialysis.
From whom a person can get a kidney for transplant?
A kidney can be donated or harvested by following these sources:
- Relative donors: Any member of your family can donate one of their kidneys if he or she is 18 years old. if your tissue and their tissue match. Family members who are related by birth (siblings) are the most likely not to have a matching tissue.
- Cadaver organs: A cadaver donor is a person who has recently died (usually accidentally.) These people have indicated that they would like to donate their organs when they die.
- In most instances, donors must be adults, age 18 or older.
What would be the effect of a kidney transplant on my lifestyle?
The transplanted kidney starts functioning as your normal kidneys. This usually provides the individual who receives the transplanted kidney more strength than while he or she had on dialysis. Additionally, a functioning kidney will keep you healthier overall. The moment you have got a kidney transplant, you can go back to a relatively regular lifestyle. The kidney will respond to chemical and fluid changes in the body quickly. Medications will be required on a strict schedule for your whole life.
Can I travel?
A patient who has got a newly transplanted kidney is free to journey as long as they observe treatment recommendations. Patients should always ensure they have enough medicine with them, and should always make sure to take their doctor’s phone number with them.
Will I be able to keep working and/or go to school?
Once you have received a kidney transplant and have recovered completely from the surgery, you may return to work or school.
My doctor said there are medications to take after the transplant. What do they do?
As a transplant patient, you will need to take immunosuppressive medications to stop your body from rejecting the donor’s kidney. These medications protect the kidney from attack by your immune system. These oral medications must be taken daily for as long as you have the transplanted kidney.
Immunosuppressive medications lower your capability to cure disease. To stay healthy, you should stay away from people who have contagious conditions such as colds, flu, or chicken pox. When you leave the hospital after transplant, it is necessary that you take the correct dose of medicine, and that you visit your doctor on a regular basis. Your physician can regularly check your kidney performance and suggest you medicine as per your condition.
What do I do to take good care of my kidney transplant?
To keep a transplanted kidney healthy, you need to take good care of it. Following treatment guidelines are an answer to maintaining healthy kidney. You will need to:
- Take your immunosuppressive medicine as directed by your doctor, for as long as you have the transplanted kidney
- Visit your doctor as scheduled
- Follow your physician’s guidelines
- Control your diet
- Keep active
- Watch for and report any problems
- When you have your transplanted kidney, you will continue to visit your doctor regularly.
- Clinic visits are more frequent for the first 3 months. Your doctor will check your kidney functionality and readjust your immunosuppressive medications.
It is up to you to take your medication for as long as you have the transplant.