During a kidney transplant, a healthy kidney is surgically placed in a patient who is suffering from the end stages of kidney failure. The healthy kidney comes from either a non-related living donor, a blood relative, or a deceased donor.
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Conditions Treated with a Kidney Transplant:
A kidney transplant may be utilized to treat damage that has occurred as a result of conditions such as lupus, diabetes, sickle cell anemia, cancer and gout.
A non-surgical alternative to a kidney transplant is dialysis, a procedure that cleans the blood. There are no comparable surgical alternatives to a kidney transplant.
Anesthesia with a Kidney Transplant:
A kidney transplant is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from a Kidney Transplant:
Possible risks following a kidney transplant include bleeding, infection, scarring and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible for the transplanted kidney to be rejected. Many patients have to take medication long term in order to prevent rejection.
Prognosis after a Kidney Transplant:
The prognosis for a positive end result following a kidney transplant is good. The transplant is successful for more than 85 percent of patients.
Recovery from a Kidney Transplant:
The total recovery time for a kidney transplant is two to three weeks.