A kidney transplant gives you a healthy kidney from another person. You may need a transplant if your kidneys work poorly because of diabetes, high blood pressure, or another illness. You need only one kidney to live. The new kidney can do the work that your own kidneys cannot. It will remove waste from your blood and keep your body's fluids and chemicals in balance. A new kidney can improve the quality of your life. You are likely to feel better and have more energy.
The new kidney may come from someone you know, a stranger, or a person who has died. Getting a new kidney can sometimes take a long time. You have to meet certain rules to be able to get a kidney. For example, your overall health (other than kidney problems) has to be good. If a relative or another living person gives you a kidney, you may not have to wait long. If you need a kidney from a person who has died, your name will be put on a waiting list.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & A. Evan Eyler, MD, MPH - Family Medicine, Psychiatry
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