x%20Treatment%20Methods%20for%20Kidney%20Failure%20-%20Transplant

X%20Treatment%20Methods%20for%20Kidney%20Failure%20-%20Transplant

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Treatment Methods for Kidney Failure TRANSPLANTATION U.S. Department of Health and Human Services NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse
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Treatment Methods for Kidney Failure TRANSPLANTATION NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
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Contents When Your Kidneys Fail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 How Transplantation Works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 The Transplant Process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Posttransplant Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Financial Issues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Organ Donation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Hope Through Research . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
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1 If you have advanced and permanent kidney failure, kidney transplantation may be the treatment option that allows you to live much like you lived before your kidneys failed. Since the 1950s, when the first kidney transplants were performed, much has been learned about how to prevent rejection and minimize the side effects of medicines. But transplantation is not a cure; it’s an ongoing treatment that requires you to take medicines for the rest of your life. And the wait for a donated kidney can be years long. A successful transplant takes a coordinated effort from your whole health care team, including your nephrologist, transplant surgeon, transplant coordinator, pharmacist, dietitian, and social worker. But the most important members of your health care team are you and your family. By learning about your treatment, you can work with your health care team to give yourself the best possible results, and you can lead a full, active life. When Your Kidneys Fail Healthy kidneys clean your blood by removing excess fluid, minerals, and wastes. They also make hormones that keep your bones strong and your blood healthy. When your kidneys fail, harmful wastes build up in your body, your blood pressure may rise, and your body may retain excess fluid and not make enough red blood cells. When this happens, you need treatment to replace the work of your failed kidneys.
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How Transplantation Works Kidney transplantation is a procedure that places a healthy kidney from another person into your body. This one new kidney takes over the work of your two failed kidneys. A surgeon places the new kidney inside your lower abdomen and connects the artery and vein of the new kidney to your artery and vein. Your blood flows through the new kidney, which makes urine, just like your own kidneys did when they were healthy. Unless they are causing infection or high blood pressure, your own kidneys are left in place. Kidney transplantation.
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This note was uploaded on 10/04/2009 for the course NTR 371 taught by Professor Southworth during the Spring '09 term at University of Texas.

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