Kidney transplant is a surgery used to replace a diseased or damaged kidney that is no longer working, to restore the ability to filter blood (rather than depend on dialysis).
Kidney failure occurs for any number of reasons, common causes include: uncontrolled high blood pressure, uncontrolled diabetes, lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus), interstitial nephritis, glomerulonephritis, polycystic kidney disease, damage from severe kidney infections (pyelonephritis). The replacement kidney may come from a relative or friend (living-donor), or from someone who has passed away and wished to donate their organs.
The preparation process for transplantation is extensive, and will include consultation with many different doctors. A medical kidney doctor – a nephrologist – will play a key role in helping decide if you are a good candidate for transplantation, as will a transplant surgeon.
We have a comprehensive transplant department that can help evaluate and counsel you regarding the risks, benefits and options for kidney transplantation.