A renal transplant is a solution for patients with severe or irreversible kidney failure.
A renal transplant
can perform all the functions of a normal kidney by removing waste
products and water as well as producing the hormones produced by the
normal kidney, and is a solution for patients with severe or
irreversible kidney failure.
Dialysis is another option of therapy for such patients.
However, not all patients are suitable for both forms of therapy. The
choice of one treatment over the other for any individual patient is
based on many factors including medical and social factors, as well as
the availability of these options for the individual patient.
Thus some patients with heart disease are not suitable for
kidney transplantation, and will need to remain on dialysis. Some
patients with severe heart disease or other debilitating illnesses may
not even tolerate dialysis. Every patient will need to be evaluated
individually to decide whether he or she is suitable for either form of
Renal transplantation usually remains the
most ideal option of renal replacement therapy. With a functioning renal
transplant (also called allograft), the patient is freed from the need
of having to do dialysis, can have a normal diet, and can in almost all
respects have a normal unimpeded lifestyle.
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Wednesday, November 22, 2023
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