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Is Kidney Transplant Better Than Dialysis?

Dialysis and kidney transplant are treatments for severe kidney failure or end-stage kidney disease. Patients whose kidneys have permanently failed with irreversible damage are termed to have chronic kidney disease (CKD) stage 5 or End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). Treatment options for kidney failure include lifetime dialysis or kidney transplantation. Whenever feasible, kidney transplantation is recommended as the treatment of choice for such patients by the best Kidney transplant hospital. 

This article will help you understand the better option between kidney transplant and dialysis and help you make an informed decision

Kidney Transplant or Dialysis

A kidney transplant is better and preferable to dialysis. Dialysis can achieve 10 to 20 percent (at best) of the renal function which goes up to 50 to 60 percent after kidney transplant, this results in significantly improved health.

Transplant offers better quality and quantity of life in comparison to dialysis

  • Transplant provides freedom from dialysis.
  • It prevents complication of dialysis
  • Ease of travelling and working.
  • Lower dietary restriction
  • Low cost of treatment.
  • Patients feel more energetic and positive after transplant.
  • Life expectancy after transplant is up to 25 years.
  • Even accounting for risks related to surgery and immunosuppressive medications, transplant remains better option
  • Patients who have lived through dialysis, transplant and dialysis again often want a second transplant when possible

After kidney transplantation, you will be required to take medications and have frequent monitoring to minimize the chance of organ rejection.

Risks of Kidney Transplantation

Most patients spend five to seven days in the hospital post-surgery and 98 percent of them don’t have any major complications after the surgery. However, the most serious risk of a transplant is that your body can rejects the kidney, but it is rare because all the tests and precautions have been taken into account before the procedure. In case your body does reject the new kidney, there are treatments available to save the transplant kidney.

At Metro Hospital Faridabad, we have an experienced team of nephrologists and urologists giving the most successful results for kidney transplants. Our team has extensive experience in the most complex types of kidney transplantation, including ABO incompatible (when blood group don’t match), positive cross match, second time kidney transplantation and kidney transplant for children.