The duration for which a transplanted kidney lasts may vary from person to person. On average, kidney transplants may last for around 10-12 years.
What is a kidney transplant?
A kidney transplant refers to the surgical placement of a healthy kidney from a donor into your body when your kidneys are not functioning properly. Your kidneys are vital organs involved in performing several important functions in the body such as:
- Regulating proper fluid balance in the body
- Filtering various wastes and toxic products from the body
- Maintaining adequate electrolyte (such as sodium, potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus) balance in the body
- Regulating optimum blood pressure
- Maintaining healthy bones by activating vitamin D
- Maintaining healthy levels of red blood cells in the body
Almost one-third of the adults in the United States are at risk of developing kidney diseases. Over 37 million American adults have kidney disease, and most are not aware of it. Thus, by the time they are diagnosed, a lot of irreversible damage would have already occurred, and they are left with two options: dialysis or a kidney transplant. During a kidney transplant, the malfunctioning kidney is surgically removed and replaced with a healthy kidney from a donor. The donor may be a living or deceased. A kidney transplant serves several advantages such as improving the quality of life, increasing longevity, and decreasing the various dietary restrictions a person with malfunctioning kidneys has to follow. The person with the transplanted kidney generally starts feeling better after two weeks of the surgery. They will, however, need medications throughout their life to prevent rejection of the transplanted kidney.