Kidney Transplant

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What is kidney transplantation?

  • A kidney transplant is an operation in which a healthy kidney from another person is placed into your body. This new kidney performs the functions of your own non-working kidneys. Dialysis will probably be required while awaiting your transplant.

Sources of transplanted kidneys

  • Living Donors

    Family members make the closest tissue matches, but other people may also be suitable donors.

  • Cadaveric Donors

    From people who decide to donate their organs when they die.

Where is the new kidney located?

  • During the operation, a healthy kidney is placed deep under the muscle of the abdomen near your hip bone. In rare cases, the non-working kidneys may be removed to control infection or high blood pressure.

How do I take care of my transplanted kidney?

  • Take your medicine every day
  • See your Physician/Nephrologist regularly
  • Follow your Physician’s/Nephrologist’s guidelines
  • Control your diet
  • Keep active
  • Watch for problems


  • The closest alternative to having your own kidneys
  • No dialysis treatment required
  • Few fluid and diet restrictions
  • Maintain a normal schedule with fewer visits to the clinic
  • Feel healthier and more energetic
  • Work full-time without worrying about dialysis schedules

Points to consider:

  • Stress of waiting for a match
  • Risks associated with major surgery
  • Risk of rejection – your transplant may not last a lifetime
  • Daily medication which could cause possible side effects
  • Greater susceptibility to illness
  • Possible changes in your appearance

Facts about all donated kidneys:

  • Donors must be free of any health problems.
  • The donor blood type must match with the patient.
  • A living donor must be an adult, age 18 or older.

The are two sources of transplanted kidneys.

  • Living donors

    Family members make the closest tissue matches, but other people (spouse, good friends, or others) may also be suitable donors.

  • Cadaveric donors

    From people who have decided to donate their organs after they die.