Kidney Transplant

Friday, January 11, 2013

A kidney transplant is surgery to replace your own diseased kidneys with a healthy kidney. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about kidney transplantation in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

The kidneys filter blood, remove waste products, make hormones and produce urine. The two kidneys drain via the ureters into the bladder where the urine is stored.

In persons with end-stage renal disease, renal dialysis or kidney transplantation are the treatment options.

Not every person with renal failure is a candidate for a kidney transplant, so treatment options should be discussed with your doctor.

Donated kidneys can come from deceased donors or from living donors. Because of the large number of persons with renal failure and the limited number of donor organs available, waiting times for deceased donor kidney transplantation can be long. Having a living donor may reduce the waiting time and may result in a better match and less chance of rejection.

Because the bodys immune system will try to reject any foreign tissue, medications must be taken by a patient who has had any kind of transplant. These are called immunosuppressive medications and are taken as long as the donated organ continues to function.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.