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To Know Your Treatment Options / What is Kidney Transplantation?

A kidney transplant is a surgery, during which a healthy kidney from a donor (called kidney graft) is placed inside the front of your abdomen. Your own kidneys are usually not removed. The kidney may come from a deceased organ donor (a person who is dying in a hospital) or from a living donor. 

Kidney transplantation is associated with:

  • A better quality of life
  • Better short- and long-term survival rate for many patients
  • Fewer dietary restrictions
  • Preventing possible complications and deterioration of recipients health
  • Longer functioning time o the graft compared to deceased donor kidney graft
  • Less complications during and after surgery
  • Less time spent on a waiting list
  • The transplant may be scheduled in advance once the donor is approved as opposed to a potential emergency transplant procedure when a patient is.