General FAQs of Nephrology
If kidneys stop their work, there will be a build-up of waste material in the body that will make the person seriously ill and cause:
• high blood pressure
• fluid accumulation
• imbalance of salt and acids in the blood
• decreased red blood cells
• weakening of bones
This condition is serious, often life-threatening and is termed as kidney failure (or end-stage renal/kidney disease).
Living donors: Living donor can be any person who is healthy with healthy kidneys. As our body can work well even with a single kidney, friends, or family of the person can choose to donate one kidney. But this requires matching of blood and tissue of both the donor and recipient.
Deceased donors: A deceased/cadaver donor can also donate a kidney. A kidney from a deceased is taken if the person died due to some accident rather than any disease.
It is better to have a kidney donated by your family member as there are fewer chances of rejection as compared to a donated kidney from an unrelated donor.
kidney transplant cost estimates $12,000-$15,000
Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy cost estimates $9516-$11,000
Nephrostomy cost estimates $3000-$5000
• After successful surgery for a kidney transplant, the new kidney starts filtering blood, and dialysis is no longer required.
• The patient is required to take medications as prescribed to prevent rejection of the donor’s kidney.
• A regular check-up with the doctor is must to evaluate the kidney functioning and stay healthy.