A Kidney transplant is a surgical procedure that’s done to treat Kidney failure. The Kidneys filter waste from the blood and remove it from the body through your urine. They also help maintain your body’s fluid and electrolyte balance. If your kidneys stop working, waste builds up in your body and can make you very sick.
People whose kidneys have failed usually undergo a treatment called dialysis. This treatment mechanically filters waste that builds up in the bloodstream when the kidneys stop working. Some people whose kidneys have failed may qualify for a kidney transplant. In this procedure, one or both kidneys are replaced with donor kidneys from a live or deceased person.
There are pros and cons to both dialysis and kidney transplant.
- Undergoing dialysis takes time and is labour-intensive. Dialysis often requires making frequent trips to a dialysis centre to receive treatment. At the dialysis centre, your blood is cleansed using a dialysis machine.
- If you’re a candidate to have dialysis in your home, you’ll need to purchase dialysis supplies and learn how to use them.
- A kidney transplant can free you from a long-term dependence on a dialysis machine and the strict schedule that goes with it. This can allow you to live a more active life.
- However, kidney transplants aren’t suitable for everyone. This includes people with active infections and those who are severely overweight.
- During a kidney transplant, your surgeon will take a donated kidney and place it in your body. Even though you’re born with two kidneys, you can lead a healthy life with only one functioning kidney.
- After the transplant, you’ll have to take immune-suppressing medications to keep your immune system from attacking the new organ.