A kidney transplant is a surgery in which a person with end-stage renal disease receives a healthy kidney from a living or deceased donor. The new kidney takes over the kidney functions no longer possible by the damaged kidney, such as filtering waste from the blood, and more. Because one kidney can often do the job of two, only a single donated kidney is required, even if both your kidneys have failed.
With a kidney transplant, there is no need for ongoing dialysis. In fact, a kidney transplant is the only way to cure end-stage renal disease.
Given the option, most patients with renal failure prefer a kidney transplant rather than undergoing dialysis for the rest of their lives. Indeed, having a kidney transplant is associated with a longer life, lower cost of treatment, greater dietary choices, and improved quality of life than with dialysis.
Your Transplant Choices
A kidney transplant isn’t for everyone. It’s best to discuss your unique situation with your kidney care doctor, like the board-certified nephrologists at Associates in Nephrology. There are advantages and disadvantages to all treatment choices – and the same is true for a kidney transplant.
Your transplant choices may be called different things, depending on when you get the transplant and where the donor's kidney comes from.