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Kidney Transplants: Recipient Information

 


WHEN YOU ARE A KIDNEY RECIPIENT
Frequently Asked Questions


Q. How can I obtain a transplant?
Talk to your doctor about your interest in having a kidney transplant, and ask him/her to refer you to the National Organ Transplant Unit.


Q. What are the advantages of a Living Donor Transplant?
With living donor transplants there is:

  • less chance of rejection

  • the organ will last a longer time

  • the organ usually works immediately.


Q. Who will be the most suitable donor for me?

A brother or sister may have the most compatible match. Parents and other relative are next in compatibility.


Q. Why are siblings most suitable?
They have the best genetic match to you as there is a one (1) in four (4) chance that they maybe a perfect match to yourself.


Q. Where will the new kidney be placed?
The new kidney is placed in the lower groin area. The original kidneys are not usually removed.


Q. Does the new kidney work immediately?
Sometimes it does. In some cases it may take a few days. You may need a dialysis to start with.


Q. How long will the surgery take?
Approximately 2-3 hours.


Q. How long will I have to remain hospitalized?
You will remain in the hospital for about two (2) weeks


Q. Will I have to remain on medication?
Yes. It is extremely important that you continue on your medication as prescribed. You must also keep all of your clinic appointments so that complications can be detected and corrected early.


Q. Will I be on a special diet?
Before you are discharged this will be discussed with you.


Q. What are the most common problems with kidney transplants?
Some of the most common problems are:

  • rejection of the new kidney

  • infections

  • necrosis of the new kidney


Q. Will I be able to lead a normal life?
Yes. You will be able to return to normal activities after about 3 months.

 

 

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