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Kidney Transplant

Rehman Medical Institute has one of the top kidney transplant facility in Pakistan, where highly qualified kidney transplant team of surgeons, nephrologists and efficient supporting staff make sure to provide best transplant care to the donor and recipient pre, post and during the surgery. The success rate of our Kidney Transplant Unit matches international standards with 96% healthy recoveries, living their best life now.

Kidney transplant is the only permanent procedure for curing Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) where the kidneys function very slowly and very inefficiently which is painful and damaging for a person’s overall health. Usually CKD patients opt for dialysis, but it can be a painful, expensive and temporary solution to the problem. CKD can cause eventual kidney failure, also known as End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) where the kidneys stops functioning at all and may end up fatal.

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Stats for Kidney transplant in RMI

Since January 2019 till date, we have performed more than 85 surgeries. RMI has catered patients from all over the KP, including Orakzai Agency, Mardan, Swat, Mansehra and Kohat and even Karachi. Some of these cases were of high risk having diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease. So far, our youngest patient for surgery was 13 years and the oldest 55 years. The success rate of our Kidney Transplant Unit matches international standards.

How do I find out whether I am eligible for a kidney transplant?

Our team of Nephrologists at RMI will be able to provide you with information on kidney transplantation.

What kind of lifestyle changes do you need to make?

The only other lifestyle change we encourage is for transplant patients not to be involved in contact sports. We recommend that you stay active, avoid smoking and alcohol, and stick to a healthy diet.

 What are the advantages of living donation?

There are three advantages to living donations versus getting a deceased donor kidney:

Getting a kidney from a spouse or relative is often quicker. A kidney from a living donor is completely healthy. They are known to work better and longer than deceased donor kidneys.

 How does living donation affect the donor?

The risk of serious injury from a donation is low, around 1 in 10,000. Patients who donate a kidney may also be sore for some time, as after any major surgery.

Are there age limits or medical conditions that rule out organ transplantation?

There is no upper age limit for kidney transplantation although it is important that whenever it is considered, the potential benefits should outweigh the disadvantages. The transplant operation and the subsequent treatment can be testing and therefore a patient needs to be fit enough to withstand the entire process. The decision on the appropriateness of transplant surgery is made by the individual concerned in consultation with their doctors.

What factors are considered in organ matching and allocation?

Many different medical and logistical characteristics are considered for an organ to be distributed to the best-matched potential recipient. While the specific criteria differ for various organs, matching criteria generally include:

Blood type and size of the organ(s) needed. Time spent awaiting a transplant. The relative distance between donor and recipient. For certain organs other factors are vital, including:

  •  The medical urgency of the recipient.

  •  The degree of immune-system match between donor and recipient.

  •  Whether the recipient is a child or an adult.

Does kidney donation shorten my lifespan?

The answer is NO. Kidney donation is generally safe however it is not risk-free. There are some risks associated with any major surgery including surgery for kidney donation. Studies have shown that kidney donors have a lifespan like the general population.

Can I exercise after donating a kidney?

Yes, you may exercise after donating your kidney, however there will be a brief period of exercise restrictions while you are recovering from kidney donation surgery.

What effect does diabetes have on the kidneys?

Diabetes is now the most common cause of kidney failure in America. About one third of patients with kidney failure have it because of diabetes. There are three main things that can be done to reduce the likelihood of kidney failure in diabetics:

Have tight control over blood sugar. Reduce blood pressure, by weight loss or other means. Take blood pressure medicines that are designed to protect against the progression of kidney disease.

Do recurrent kidney stones lead to kidney disease?

Kidney stones don’t lead to kidney failure often. However, if they cause long-term obstruction of the kidney, they may lead to kidney failure.

Can being overweight cause kidneys to fail?

Being overweight is a major contributor to high blood pressure, which often has a relationship with kidney failure. Patients who are seriously overweight should try to get their weight and blood

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