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Benefits and Risks of Kidney Transplantation

The primary benefit of kidney transplantation surgery is that transplantation eliminates the need for dialysis and helps patients enjoy a life filled with more freedom, energy and productivity. Although most patients are on dialysis before first being evaluated for transplantation, patients with end-stage renal disease can be referred for transplantation even before starting dialysis.

Successful kidney transplantation treats your kidney failure and gives you back your health. It also provides a better quality of life and is, therefore, a preferable treatment for many patients. Usually, you will have fewer restrictions on fluid intake and diet after receiving a transplant. Many patients also return to work and lead a full life after transplant.

The risks of transplantation

Kidney transplant surgery is major surgery, and as such, carries a risk of significant complications, including:

  • Blood clots
  • Bleeding
  • Leaking from or blockage of the tube (ureter) that links the kidney to the bladder
  • Failure of the donated kidney
  • Rejection of the donated kidney
  • Increased risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, cataracts, stomach ulcers and infection

Kidney Transplant Center

The experienced, highly skilled team at the Crozer Health Regional Kidney Transplant Center at Crozer-Chester Medical Center offers a compassionate, multi-disciplinary approach to organ transplant and patient care. We are conveniently located in Delaware County and proudly serve the Delaware Valley and beyond.