The Truth about Kidney Transplants
I hope that you will seriously take to heart this information, The Truth About Kidney Transplants, and start taking better care of your health.
If your doctor has told you that you need a kidney transplant, he probably presented it in such a way that it sounded like a ‘piece of cake’…a ‘simple routine.’
There are a few things you should know before you have any surgery,but, especially an organ transplant.
The surgeon may make a statement similar to this. “Of course there are
always risk with any type of surgical procedure.” “There is a chance of bleeding, infections, reactions to anesthetics, or your body may reject the transplant.”
Read the fine print! There could be long lasting problems that could result in permanent damage to your health.
Be sure and discuss every issue with your doctor. Take notes, carry someone with you that is knowledgeable about surgical procedures. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It’s your body, your health.
The Truth about Kidney Transplants-Recovery
You are going to suffer pain. Depending on your pain threshold, it could be very severe, depending on the success of the surgery, and the pain medications they give you. There is a possibility the pain could last for days, or weeks, after the surgery.
Your stay in the hospital could last for two or three weeks. There will be constant monitoring of your condition to help prevent any complications and infections, and to make sure your transplanted kidney is working properly.
The doctor may schedule you to see him three times a week in the beginning. If everything goes well, there will be a gradual decrease in the visits.
Some people have been able to go back to work after 8 to 10 weeks, if everything goes well.
The Truth about Kidney Transplants-Complications
The most common problems in kidney transplant surgery is the rejection of the the new kidney by your immune system. When anything alien enters your body your immune system tries to protect your health by rejecting the invader.
Often, your immune system will product antibodies that will attach the new intruder.
There is a possibility that you will have to take immunosuppressive drugs for the rest of your life. The purpose of the drug is to trick your body into stop rejecting the new transplant. The drugs have to carefully regulated so your immune system will still have the ability to fight and reject any other foreign invaders.
The drugs have been improved over the last few years, but there of cases of the transplant still being rejected.
You must be sure to keep all your appointments with the lab.
The most common type of rejection, ‘acute rejection‘ happens shortly after the surgery. More than half of all transplant patients experience this.
The rejection is reversed by quick action from your doctor.
This usually happens within the first two or three months of surgery, but it can happen even months or years later. Your doctor and lab will keep a close monitor on this.
If you experience any soreness around the transplant area, rapid weight gain, flu like symptoms, or a decrease in urine output, check with your doctor immediately. He may need to change your medication, or admit you to the hospital for a few days.
Chronic Rejection – When your body has rejected the new kidney several times (acute rejection) it will develop into chronic rejection. The only two signs of this are weight gain and swelling. The lab tests will reveal this.
The continued rejection cannot be stopped, but somewhat controlled. Sooner or later, you will have the same problems with the transplant that you had with the original kidney.
Hyper-Acute Rejection – There is no way to stop this serious rejection. It usually happens quickly and will be noticed in a matter of minutes or a few hours after the transplant. The new kidney is destroyed by your immune system and sometimes has to be removed.
The doctor may suggest another transplant, or dialysis.
Are There Alternatives? – Yes there are! We’ve all heard the saying, ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of care.’
Considering all that has been said, it just makes good, common sense to me to protect your health now, before serious problems develop.
You and I cannot continue to load our body with junk foods, colas, sweets, and dead foods, and expect to stay healthy. We must be careful of what we eat, get proper exercise, and also take care of our mental health. Your attitude has an important part in your health.
Do your on research. Look into natural ways to help your kidneys function properly, and stop destroying them now, while you still have time.