Is a kidney transplant an option?


>>A doctor speaks with a patient in his office.>>Is kidney transplant an option?>>In general, kidney transplant is the best
treatment for people with kidney failure. Dialysis does maintain life but it doesn’t
replace all of the functions of the kidney. If you receive a kidney transplant,
well, you have a new kidney and that kidney does all the
things that it’s supposed to do. The main problem with kidney transplant is
that there are not enough kidneys for donation. Patients can receive a kidney from a
relative or from an unrelated person and — but most kidneys still come from
patients who’ve recently died. If you are lucky enough to
receive a kidney transplant, you still need to receive medical care
and you’d still need to take medications. So kidney transplant is not
a cure, it’s a treatment.

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