Being the recipient of a kidney transplant is the opportunity for a new start in life. Transplant can be done before you need to start dialysis or you may start dialysis while you wait for a kidney transplant. A successful kidney transplant depends on how:
The waiting list is a computer system that stores medical information for every person waiting for an organ transplant in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. When a deceased donor organ becomes available, information about that organ is entered into the computer system. The system then generates a match run, which is a list of candidates who might be a good match for that organ.
To determine a potential match, the system looks at factors like:
Living donor transplants are an available alternative for patients in need of new organs. With so few organs available for transplantation, living donation is the best way we have to continue to save lives. Transplanting organs from a living donor is the best means of donation because of the following benefits:
After receiving your transplant, you will continue to work closely with your transplant team, who will play an active role in your recovery. Although living with a transplant will give you a new lease on life, caring for a healthy organ involves taking sensible steps to recover fully and return to a normal, active lifestyle.
Transplant candidates often take many medications each day. By weakening or reducing your immune system’s responses to foreign material, these drugs reduce your immune system’s ability to reject a transplanted organ. These drugs also allow you to maintain enough immunity to prevent overwhelming infection. Some degree of rejection occurs with every transplant, but how clinically significant the rejection depends on the individual. Symptoms include:
Call your doctor as soon as you experience any of them.