Kidney transplant

An operation in which a person with chronic kidney failure receives a healthy kidney, either from a living donor or a cadaver. One donor kidney is sufficient to maintain the health of the recipient. The new kidney is placed in the pelvis through an incision in the abdomen and carefully positioned so that it can be connected easily to a nearby vein and artery and to the bladder. The diseased kidneys are left in place. The transplant avoids the need for dialysis and often allows a return to normal lifestyle. Kidney transplantation is more straightforward and common than the transplantation of any other major organ.


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