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Kidney Transplant

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Kidney transplantation, also known as a renal transplant or kidney transplant procedure is a type of organ transplant where a healthy kidney from a healthy donor is transplanted into a patient with an end-stage renal disease.

There are two types of renal transplant:

● Cadaveric renal transplant – the kidney transplant procedure is done with a deceased donor
● Living donor kidney transplantation – the kidney transplant procedure is done with a living donor, usually a member of the recipient’s family.

Although many recipients usually receive kidneys from family members, the donor does not necessarily have to be biologically related to the receiver. Renal transplant requirements are simple:

The donor and receiver need to have compatible an ABO blood group and a compatible HLA (Human Leukocyte Antigen) system.

Kidney Transplant Candidates

A Kidney transplant procedure, also known as a renal transplant is recommended for patients suffering from an end-stage renal disease.

There is a wide range of medical conditions that can lead to an end-stage renal disease, including:

● Infections
● Malignant hypertension
● Diabetes mellitus
● Polycystic kidney disease

Diabetes is the most common cause of the end-stage liver disease. Approximately 25% of renal transplant patients suffer from diabetes.

Am I Suitable for Kidney Transplant?

A kidney transplant procedure is not recommended for patients suffering from a liver disease, heart disease or lung disease. Kidney transplantation is not recommended for heavy smokers or patients suffering from morbid obesity, as they are at a higher risk of developing complications from the kidney transplant procedure.

Preparing for Kidney Transplant

Patients need to stop smoking before the kidney transplantation procedure. Blood thinners need to be avoided. Some patients may be required to lose weight before the renal transplant can begin.

How is Kidney Transplant Performed?

The kidney transplant procedure is done under general anaesthesia. Kidney transplantation usually takes 3 or 4 hours to complete. The surgeon will create an incision in the abdomen region and then will begin connecting the donor kidney to the veins and arteries in the recipient’s lower abdomen. The ureter will then be connected from the donor kidney to the recipient’s bladder. Once the new kidney gets a steady supply of blood and is connected to the bladder, it will start functioning immediately, producing urine. The incision site is then closed with stitches and the patient may begin the kidney transplant recovery period.

Kidney Transplant Summary

Anesthesia

General anesthetic

Hospital Stay

5 to 7 days

Duration of Operation

3 to 4 hours

Number of Trips Abroad

1 trip

Kidney Transplant Recovery

During the kidney transplant recovery period, the patient will be administered immunosuppressant drugs, which stops the receiver’s immune system from rejecting the new kidney. Patients usually stay between 5 and 7 days in the hospital. The new kidney will start working at maximum capacity around 5 to 10 days after the renal transplant.

Patients need to avoid green teas, pomegranate or grapefruit as these foods are known to have a negative interaction with the kidney transplantation procedure.

Kidney Transplant Risks and Complications

Kidney transplant complications can include:

● Infection
● Proteinuria
● Ulceration of the stomach
● Gastrointestinal inflammation
● Transplant rejection – chronic, acute or hyperacute

Kidney transplant rejection occurs in 10 to 15% of renal transplant patients during the first 2 months after the kidney transplant procedure. In this case, medications adjustments or alternative treatments are required.

Kidney Transplant Side Effects

Patients can expect pain, discomfort, a feeling of weakness after renal transplant surgery. The patient’s immune system will need to be suppressed and this can lead to other medical problems.

Kidney Transplant Success Rates

Kidney transplantation surgery has a 90% success rate, 5 years after the renal transplant is performed.

Before and After Kidney Transplant

Kidney transplantation can extend the life of individuals suffering from an end-stage renal disease. Renal transplant patients usually live 10 to 15 years longer than patients kept on dialysis. Generally speaking, younger kidney transplantation patients enjoy a greater increase in longevity. Individuals usually have more energy, enjoy less restricted diets and suffer from fewer medical complications after a kidney transplant procedure.

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Acibadem Maslak Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
7 reviews
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Florence Nightingale Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey
6 reviews
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Medical Park Antalya Hospital

Antalya, Turkey
10 reviews
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Medipol Mega University Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
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Medicana International Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey
1 review
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FROM€ 20,559
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Medical Park Goztepe Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
3 reviews
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Memorial Antalya Hospital

Antalya, Turkey
9 reviews
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FROM€ 32,707
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Memorial Sisli Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
27 reviews
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Memorial Atasehir Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
14 reviews
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Memorial Ankara Hospital

Ankara, Turkey
6 reviews
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FROM€ 32,707
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Medicana Camlica Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
3 reviews
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FROM€ 21,500
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Kent Hospital

İzmir, Turkey
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Raffles Hospital Singapore

SINGAPORE, Singapore
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Indraprastha Apollo Hospital

New Delhi, India
1 review
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Kidney Transplant Cost

Average Kidney Transplant costs are € 26,868, based on Kidney Transplant prices from 14 clinics. Cheapest Kidney Transplant cost is € 20,559 where Kidney Transplant prices can go up to € 32,707.

Kidney Transplant prices vary greatly depending on the clinic and the location. For example, Kidney Transplant in Turkey is a popular option where Kidney Transplant costs as low as € 20,559.

Please note that the Kidney Transplant prices listed on FlyMedi are the average price for Kidney Transplant procedures. Clinics may ask you to provide them with specific information about your medical condition in order to provide you a detailed cost estimate for Kidney Transplant procedures. To receive a personalized Kidney Transplant quote, please click HERE.

Kidney Transplant FAQ

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What can I do to avoid transplant rejection after a renal transplant?

Patients need to follow the immunosuppressant drug plan thoroughly in order to avoid kidney transplant rejection. Even if the new kidney is healthy, it doesn’t mean it cannot get diseased if the renal transplant patient has an unhealthy lifestyle.

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What is a perfect match kidney?

A perfect match is when there is a degree of kinship between the donor and the recipient – e.g. a brother or a sister.

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If I get a new kidney through a kidney transplant procedure, will the diseased kidney be removed?

The diseased kidney will not be removed during the renal transplant procedure – it can lead to more medical complications.