A kidney transplant could change your life.
Most patients say that getting a kidney transplant improves the quality of their lives. They feel better and have more energy to spend time with their family, do their hobbies, travel and go back to work. Patients also say they have more time - time that would have been spent on dialysis treatments. For many patients, a kidney transplant is a liberating, life-changing experience.
Is getting dialysis the same as having a working kidney?
No. Dialysis is a life-saving treatment. However, a working kidney is able to remove poisons from a person’s body 24 hours a day, while dialysis can only do 10% of the work of a functioning kidney.
Can a person live longer with a transplant compared to staying on dialysis?
Yes. Kidney transplant patients generally have a longer life expectancy than those patients who stay on dialysis. This is because dialysis is hard on a person’s body and can cause other medical problems.
How long does a transplant last?
Kidney transplants are very successful, with more than 96 percent of the kidneys, or grafts, transplanted at Barnes-Jewish Hospital still working after one year. Transplants last on average for 10 to 20 years. If a transplant fails, a patient can return to dialysis or try to have another transplant.
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