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LHSC provides a regional program in kidney transplantation, serving a population of 1.7 million. The region extends from Sault St. Marie and Sudbury to Windsor and as far east as Kitchener, Ontario.
"My kidney transplant operation"
See more of Brian's experiences on Peritoneal Dialysis:
Most kidneys come from deceased donors, although the ideal donor is a living donor because of the short time between retrieval and transplant. You can find out more about living kidney donation. Also, watch this 11 minute video for patients and loved ones, features a donor and recipient talking about living kidney donation.
"I made the decision to be a living donor for my wife"
See more of Bryan's experiences on being a living kidney donation:
Cindy Clip 3 Our daughter wanted to donate a kidney
Cindy Clip 4 I was scared, at first, to accept our daughter's kidney
Cindy Clip 5 How I coped with my own stress as a family member
Cindy Clip 7 How we coped as a family during our lived donor transplant
Cindy Clip 8 Coping as a family member, post-transplant
Cindy Clip 12 How we coped after the transplant
Transplant surgery usually takes three to four hours. The patient's own (native) kidneys are usually left in. Typically, they have become smaller in size which allows room for the new kidney.
The new kidney is placed in the lower abdomen where its artery and vein are connected to an artery and vein in the recipient. The ureter from the kidney is inserted into the recipient's bladder.
The recipient remains in hospital for seven or eight days. Education is given about the anti-rejection medications the patient will need to take for the life of the kidney to prevent rejection and how to care for their new kidney.
A successful kidney transplant results in improved health and freedom from dialysis, but transplantation is a treatment option and not a cure for kidney failure.
Of the available treatment options, transplantation offers the best opportunity to be rehabilitated and to lead a normal lifestyle. The average life of a transplant kidney from a living donor is 12-18 years and from a deceased donor 8-12 years.
Dr. Blake on Kidney Transplantation
You may want to read this handbook about kidney transplantation.
Please visit LHSC’s kidney transplant program’s site for further information.