If you are at this page, then I am considering that either you or one of your loved ones is having serious kidney issues. Your doctor might have told you about the need of a kidney transplant. But you might not be 100% sure about what and how do these things really take place. As a second consultation, you might want to read on and clear your doubts about the same.
HOW DO YOU KNOW YOU HAVE KIDNEY ISSUES?
You have problems with kidney very frequently for some time now. But how do you know that you are having issues with kidney? I mean, not every one is as knowledgeable about such things as a doctor!
Here are a few of the symptoms that might qualify as your kidney dysfunctioning:
At early stages you might not be able to figure out that your kidney needs help, but at advanced stages the symptoms becomes clear. These include:
Even with all the symptoms, it’s hard to come to a conclusion about a kidney problem
But if you have one of the following medical condition along with the above symptoms, it’s time to visit a urologist. The medical conditions include:-
All of the above are actual causes of kidney dysfunction. So if you have these and the symptoms of kidney issues as discussed above, visit a urologist immediately.
Your doctor might suggest dialysis if you have kidney dysfunction. Dialysis just take over the functions of kidney like purifying blood and pass it back into your body. But dialysis sessions are costly, and life as you led it pre-dialysis times becomes impossible. In such a case, the best way is to get a kidney transplant.
If you are suspecting chronic kidney dysfunction, blood tests and urine tests that look for excess of a certain substance in your blood might be enough to convince you that you do have such an issue.
At an advanced stage of chronic Kidney Dysfunction (CKD) a kidney transplant is one of the things to know about.
If you are one of the luck few to get a suitable living kidney donor, then you can get a transplant without waiting for a long time. Ut if you are like one of millions who are not as lucky, you need to wait until you get a suitable deceased kidney donor by enlisting yourself in national kidney donor’s waiting list.
The stats tell us that within 3 years being enlisted in the waiting list, you get a diseased kidney donor. The person who died, or their family, have the power to decide if the person’s kidney is to be donated or not.
But now, are you a suitable person to get a kidney transplant?
Most people who need a kidney transplant are able to have one, regardless of their age, as long as:
Risks after the kidney transplant operation
The transplant is a major operation with its own set of risks. They include:
The long term risk usually occurs due to anti-rejection medicine you will take to reduce the chances of your body rejecting the kidney.
Kidney rejection by your body is due to your own immune system recognizing the new kidney as a foreign body. Thus, rejection is an autoimmune response.
I hate to say that after a transplant, you will need to get regular checkups for the rest of your life. But at least you will be able to have a much normal life after you get the surgery done
Dos and don’ts after a kidney transplant
Risk of kidney failure after the surgery
Dr Aditya K Sharma (MBBS, MS – General Surgery, MCh – Urology) has over 17 years of experience as a Urologist, Sexologist, and Urological Surgeon. Over the years, he had treated and advised hundreds of patients with kidney-related problems. He is an expert in kidney transplant operations. Contact him in case you are in doubt, or you need a transplant.
A last word about who can actually be your living kidney donor