A donated kidney could be the best gift you ever receive.
Your kidneys perform the very important function of cleaning your blood and removing toxins and waste from your body. We can’t live without our kidneys so if they no longer function, an individual must be placed on dialysis or have a kidney transplant, also be called renal transplantation. Find out what to expect from kidney transplant surgery.
Where does a new kidney come from?
Kidneys may be donated by:
- A friend or family member
- An unknown living person
- A deceased person who has donated their organs.
What should you expect after surgery?
After the transplant, you can expect the kidneys to begin working. However, it may take a few weeks until the new kidney begins to function properly.
It is possible for your body to reject the kidney, meaning it will treat it as a foreign substance and attack as your immune system would a bacteria. As a result, you will need to take medication to keep you body from rejecting the kidney. Fortunately, advances in technology are making kidney transplants more and more successful.
What are the benefits of a kidney transplant?
- You will have greater freedom than with dialysis.
- You will experience more energy.
- Your diet will be less restricted.
Plaza Medical Center can help you weigh the pros and cons of a kidney transplant. Our urology department offers the latest technology and most experienced surgeons to treat your urological condition. Also, you can learn more about the kidney transplant process in Plaza Medical Center’s online health library. For a physician referral or to talk to a specialist about your urological condition, please call 1-855-80PLAZA.