Kidney Transplant s – The Big Picture

November 12, 2012

Kidney Transplant s – The Big Picture

Kidney transplants are used as a treatment for patients who have kidney failure and are considered to be a suitable candidate for a transplant. It is a surgery that involves transplanting a donated healthy kidney into the body of the patient. If the procedure is a success this means the patient no longer has to continue with kidney dialysis. In order to be considered as a candidate for a kidney transplant the medical team will carry out various tests to determine whether the patient is suitable for this procedure.

This surgery normally takes approximately 3 hours to complete and involves using the donated kidney and connecting it to the veins and arteries in the patient’s body. The urethra is used from the donated kidney and is connected to the bladder and this means the blood will flow. The kidney should start to remove and filter the waste and urine is then produced.

The operation has replaced the failing kidney with a healthy kidney and this usually begins to work once the blood starts to flow. But there have been cases where it has taken a couple of weeks for the kidney to work successfully. And once this has been achieved it means kidney dialysis may no longer be required.

The donated kidney will do the work of filtering the waste from the blood that the patient’s own kidneys were unable to do.

Before any kidney transplant surgery is carried out the patients and family members require an understanding of all aspects of this surgery and they receive an intensive education on what to expect from this procedure. There are brochures that are produced detailing all the aspects of the kidney transplant process. The recipients of the kidney receive one to one practical and theoretical training before the transplant is carried out. The donors of the kidney will also receive this one to one training. This training is carried out by the members of the multi-disciplined transplant team and they will be able to answer any questions the patient may have concerning a transplant. They will also be able to offer reassurance if the patient has any concerns or worries regarding this surgery. There are also patient support groups that have been set up by patients who have had a kidney transplant. They meet regularly and the recipients say that by listening to others who have been through the same experience gives them encouragement and strength.

The medical team that are responsible for the kidney transplant waiting list are responsible for the maintenance of this list and ensuring all the information is kept up to date and relevant. The criteria has been developed to make sure the severity of the patient’s disease is known and by doing this it means the kidney transplant is given to the patient who is most in need.

Should a kidney become available the patients who are highest on the transplant waiting list are given priority.

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