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Kidney Transplant

At Myer Kidney Care, our goal is to help everyone eligible pursue a kidney transplant and to inform those who support them. Transplant is an ideal treatment option for eligible people with end stage kidney disease (ESRD) to replace kidney function. After successful transplantation, people typically do not have to perform dialysis for many years, which may lead to more energy, a less restrictive diet, longer life and more time and freedom to enjoy life.

Transplant considerations

Whenever possible, a transplant is your best treatment option. If you want to know more about kidney transplantation, talk to you doctor. You should know that your best chance for a successful surgery depends on several factors, including:

Your overall health

To make sure you are healthy enough for surgery, you will need to have a complete medical exam and a series of tests to screen for any medical conditions that may affect your ability to have a good outcome.

A good kidney donor match

For a transplant to be successful, the new kidney must be from a donor who has the same tissue type and compatible blood type. An ideal match is from a living donor, usually a relative, with the same tissue and blood type, whose genetic characteristics are most like your own. If a living donor isn’t an option, you can still have a good match, but you will need to be placed on a kidney donor waiting list.

Timing

Talk to your transplant nurse or doctor about the average wait time for a match. A person waiting for a kidney donor will need to stay on dialysis treatment until a kidney is available.

How long does a kidney transplant last?

On average a donor kidney lasts for 10-15 years. This is because the kidney function slowly decreases over time. Thereafter, you always have the option of going on dialysis or trying to find a second donor kidney

Making an informed choice

Transplantation is a highly personal topic – one that you should give both time and thought to. You should start by speaking to your doctor about your own situation. Speaking to others about the benefits and disadvantages of transplantation may also help you reach a decision on what’s best for you.

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