Multi Organ Transplant

Kidney Transplant

What is a Kidney?

The Kidneys are pear carved digestive organs located in the upper abdomen which play a major role in bodily exercise. Their main procedure is blood filtering and getting rid of bodily waste thereby regulates the electrolyte levels in the body. The kidneys are also vital for controlling blood pressure and stimulating the system of red blood cells. The kidneys are placed in the abdomen, one on each side of the spine. Kidneys get their blood supply over the renal arteries directly from the aorta and send blood back to the heart via the renal veins to the vena cava.

The transplant itself is a surgical procedure where the surgeon places the new kidney in your abdomen and connects it to the artery that supplied blood to one of your kidneys and to the vein carrying blood away from the kidney. The ureter is connected to the kidney, which transfer urine from the kidney to the bladder.

What is a Kidney Transplant?

Replacement of diseased or non-working kidneys with a healthy kidney from a living or brain dead donor. One can live long with one kidney also if it is functioning properly. It is for the patients who has end stage renal disease. The Kidney transplant surgeries are of two types:

Living Donor Kidney Transplant Surgery: The kidney is taken from a close family member or spouse who is compatible and willing to donate. Thorough examination of the donor is done before accepting a candidate.

Cadaveric or Deceased Donor Kidney Transplant Surgery: In this the kidney is taken from a brain-dead person and the family members have consented to donate their organs. Extensive blood tests are done on both donor and recipient.

Types of Kidney Diseases

The process which reduces the functioning of the kidneys is called as ‘kidney disease’. There are two types of kidney diseases- acute kidney disease where damage is sudden revealing the symptoms quickly and the other is chronic kidney disease where the decline in the kidney function is slow and progressive. The different types of kidney diseases are :

Kidney cancer

Early kidney failure

Chronic renal insufficiency


Hyperfiltration (Stage 1)

Mild microalbuminuria ( Stage 2 )

Clinical albuminuria ( Stage 3)

Advanced clinical nephropathy (Stage 4)

Kidney failure (Stage 5)

Diabetic nephropathy


Causes of Kidney Diseases

Diabetes mellitus, which damages small blood vessels in your body and makes it difficult for the kidneys to function properly

High blood pressure or hypertension if left untreated will damage the glomeruli which filters waste from the body.

Glomerulonephritis causes your kidneys to leak red blood cells into your urine.

Polycystic Kidney disease caused by clusters of fluid-filled cysts and develops in the kidneys.

Renovascular disease which causes decreased blood flow to the kidneys.

Chronic Pyelonephritis causes by repeated episodes of urinary tract infections.

Systemic Lupus erythematosus where body mistakenly attacks own kidney tissues.

Obstructive Nephropathy is a blockage of urine causing damage to kidneys.

Analgesic Nephropathy and Drugs cause kidney damage when over medications quantities are taken.

Diagnostic tests for kidney disease are blood tests, urine tests, measuring kidney function, imaging tests and kidney biopsy.

Types of Kidney Treatments

Acute Kidney Diseases Treatment: Treatment depends partly on the causes and extent of the failure. The first major goal is to know the exact cause of kidney failure and the other one is the degree to which the accumulating wastes and water are affecting the body. These two points will decide the treatments required.

Chronic Kidney Diseases Treatment: The goal is to prevent or slow down additional damage to the kidneys. The most important point is to control the disease that is causing it. For a diabetic patient, the doctor will plan to treat and manage the condition to help and slow down additional damage of the kidneys. The doctor will also check for other conditions that may cause kidney damage including a blockage in the urinary tract or overdose of medicines.

Procedure of Kidney transplant

The method starts by new kidney placed on the lower right or left side of the patient’s abdomen from where the nearby blood vessels are surgically connected. The artery and vein of the kidney will be attached just above one of the legs to an artery and vein in the lower part of the abdomen. To allow urine to pass out of the patient’s body the new kidney ureter, the tube that links the kidney to the bladder, will be connected to blood vessels and the bladder.

Benefits of Kidney Transplant

A successful kidney transplant can benefit the patient drastically. The patient will be ready to get back to its regular lifestyle after the surgery and can go for a normal diet and opt for more fluid intake. After transplant the patient right not to depend on dialysis. Anemia which is a common issue with kidney failure might also be corrected. The progress rate depends on the kind of organ transplanted, by the number of organs transplanted and the type of disease that caused the organ to fail. For single organ transplants the progress rate is 80 % to 90 % of and a 5-10 year survival rate.

Post-operative Care of the Kidney Transplant

Post operational care involves taking daily medicines to avoid the immune system from rejecting the new organ. The sum of medicines will vary over the years and more anti-rejection medicines are required instantly after the transplant. Some healthy protection should be taken like eating healthy foods, regular exercise, good sleep and staying away from large crowds.

Cost of Kidney Transplant

Compared to international healthcare costs, cost of kidney transplant in India (with dialysis) is very reasonable. Hospitals in India treat 5,000 kidney patients annually from all over the world, providing the best medical care at considerably low prices.

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