At Apex Hospitals, we specialize in providing life-saving kidney transplant surgeries. Our experienced medical team and state-of-the-art facilities ensure patients receive the highest quality care throughout their transplant journey. Trust us to help you regain your health and transform your life.
A kidney transplant involves taking a healthy kidney from one person and placing it into the body of another person who has limited or no kidney function. The kidneys are vital in filtering waste products from the blood and converting them into urine. When the kidneys fail to perform this function effectively, waste products can accumulate in the body, posing a significant health risk. Kidney failure, also referred to as end-stage chronic kidney disease, is the primary indication for undergoing a kidney transplant.
Who can have a kidney transplant?
- They are in a stable overall health condition to tolerate the surgical procedure.
- The transplant has a reasonable chance of success.
- The person is willing and able to adhere to the necessary post-transplant treatments, including taking immunosuppressant medication and attending regular follow-up appointments.
However, there are situations where a kidney transplant may not be safe or effective. These include:
- Ongoing infections: Prior infection treatment is necessary before proceeding with the transplant.
- Severe heart disease: Severe heart disease may increase the risks associated with the transplant surgery.
- Advanced cancer: If cancer has spread to multiple body areas, a transplant may not be suitable.
- AIDS: Individuals with AIDS may have compromised immune systems, making a transplant risky.
A psychological or psychiatric assessment may be required to ensure that a kidney transplant is an appropriate action for the individual.
Where does a healthy kidney come from?
Kidneys for transplantation can be obtained from living or deceased organ donors. Living donors can include immediate family members, spouses, and friends willing to donate a kidney. Deceased donor kidneys, conversely, come from individuals who have chosen to donate their organs after death.
Before proceeding with a kidney transplant, potential donors undergo a thorough screening process to ensure compatibility. This screening helps minimize the risk of complications and provides a successful transplant.
What happens during the transplant procedure?
The procedure will be carefully planned and scheduled if one undergoes a kidney transplant from a living donor. On the other hand, if you're waiting for a kidney from a deceased donor, the transplant centre at Apex Hospitals will contact you as soon as a suitable kidney becomes available. This can occur at any time, day or night. The staff at Apex Hospitals will assess your medical condition to ensure there are no new issues and ask you to come to the centre. Final evaluations will be conducted to confirm the viability of the transplant.
The new kidney will be implanted in your lower abdomen and connected to your blood vessels and bladder during the surgery. Typically, your kidneys will remain in place. It's important to note that a kidney transplant is a major surgical procedure and carries certain risks. In the short term, there is a risk of blood clots and infection. In the long term, you may face challenges such as diabetes and increased susceptibility to infections, mainly due to the medications you'll need to take to prevent organ rejection.
Due to the potential for complications, individuals who undergo a kidney transplant require regular follow-up check-ups for the rest of their lives. These check-ups help monitor the functioning of the transplanted kidney and address any concerns that may arise.
What happens to the old kidney?
In most cases, your surgeon will opt to leave your diseased kidneys in your body during a kidney transplant. However, there are certain conditions where the removal of your original kidneys may be necessary:
- Infection risk
- Uncontrolled high blood pressure
- Reflux or urine backup
The decision to remove the diseased kidneys will depend on your specific medical situation and the recommendations of the healthcare team at Apex Hospitals. They will carefully assess the risks and benefits to determine the best course of action for your individual needs.
Living with a kidney transplant
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is crucial in minimizing complications after a kidney transplant. To promote your well-being, it is recommended that you:
- Quit smoking
- Follow a healthy diet
- Manage weight
- Prevent infections
By adopting these lifestyle habits, you can enhance your overall health and well-being, reducing the likelihood of complications and supporting the long-term success of your kidney transplant. It is always essential to consult with the healthcare team at Apex Hospitals for personalized advice and guidance based on your specific needs.
Don't let kidney disease hold you back. At Apex Hospitals, we specialize in performing successful kidney transplants, allowing you to regain your health and live a fulfilling life. Our experienced surgeons will replace your diseased kidney with a healthy one from a donor, providing you with a new lease on life.
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