Kidney Transplantation

Transplantation is the process in which a healthy human kidney is implanted into a patient who has developed ESRD.

The kidney can come from one of the two donors

1.A non–living donor (cadaver) 2.A living donor (usually a close blood relative)

Preparation for transplantation operation

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Along with your name, address, other details should beentered in the transplant register. In case of cadaver (brain dead) donor the call could be made at any time, including at night.

Diet and Fluids

The majority of dialysis patients follow strict dietary and fluid restrictions. Over indulgence of either could make you unfit for surgery. Tablets

Make sure that you are taking all your medications to combat the effects of kidney failure like blood pressure tablets, calcigard etc. This will keep you as physically fit as possible for treatment.

Kidney Transplant Procedure When you arrive at the Kidney Unit you will be seen and examined by the doctor. The doctor or the nurse will take several blood samples, including blood for the Cross Match Test. A series of tests will be carried out to make sure you are fit for the surgery, including a chest X–ray and a ECG. A kidney transplant operation usually takes about 3 hours on a average. After the operation you will be usually shifted to a recovery room for observation for about half an hour. Then you are nursed in a cubicle in Intensive Care. An hourly output of your urine will normally be emptied via a tube called a ‘catheter’ into a bag.