The Kidney Transplant

A Kidney Transplant is a surgical procedure in which a healthy kidney from one person is placed into another whose kidneys have stopped functioning

A kidney transplant is often the treatment of choice for kidney failure, compared with a lifetime on dialysis. A kidney transplant can treat chronic kidney disease or end-stage renal disease to help you feel better and live longer.

Compared with dialysis, kidney transplant is associated with:

1. Better quality of life
2. Lower risk of death
3. Fewer dietary restrictions
4. Lower treatment cost

There are three sources of Kidneys for Transplantation :

Living Related : Living related donors are usually members of the recipient’s immediate family such as siblings , parents or children. Only such close relatives are likely to have an acceptable tissue match.

The Human organ Act passed by the Govt. of India’s  states that legal donors are the members of recipient’s family i.e. parents , brother, sister, children or spouse ( husband/wife). Recipient’s who do not have a legal donor need to get a clearance for their unrelated donor from an authorized committee of the hospital or the state

Cadaver Donor : Cadaver donor or non-living doners are the victims of brain death , usually the result of an accident or a stroke , through their own choice or their families