Kidney Transplantation

Kidney transplantation is a surgical procedure that places a healthy kidney from a donor into the patient’s body. The kidney can come from a living donor or from someone who has passed on recently. Living donors are usually family members. Regardless, the donor and recipient must be evaluated thoroughly to ensure that there is a good match.

The new kidney takes over the work of the two failed kidneys. This new kidney is placed inside the lower abdomen by connecting the artery, vein and ureter of the new kidney to the recipient’s body systems. As blood flows through the new kidney, urine is produced, just like before.

You will need special medicines to prevent your body from rejecting the new kidney. If rejection occurs, dialysis is needed and you can consider a second transplant.

A kidney transplant is a treatment, not a cure. Kidney transplant recipients still need some medication after the transplant.

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