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Both the National Kidney Foundation and the American Society of Nephrology favor transplantation over dialysis for most people with chronic kidney disease. A living donor kidney lasts, on average, 13 to 15 years, and a deceased donor kidney from 8 to 12 years. Patients who get a kidney transplant before dialysis live an average of 10 to 15 years longer than if they stayed on dialysis. It is best to receive the transplant as soon as possible after you are actively listed on the transplant list. Research indicates that the shorter time you are on dialysis the better the outcome will be for your transplanted kidney.Although kidney transplantation offers many benefits, it does have some limitations and risks. It is not always the right treatment option for everyone. These limitations include:
Dialysis is an excellent treatment for kidney disease, but even the best dialysis gives you only about 10 percent to 20 percent of your normal kidney function. At this level of kidney function, you are at high risk for heart attacks, infections, and nerve damage. For example, a 20-year-old dialysis patient has the same chance of having a heart attack as an 80-year-old non-dialysis patient. Also because of its impact on the body, dialysis can cause other serious health concerns including:
We will perform several tests, including blood typing to make sure your donor is a match.
If your blood type is...
Your donor's blood type must be...
O or A
O or B
O, A, B, or AB
Positive and negative does not matter.
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