Having a kidney transplant is one option in an overall strategy for treating patients with end-stage renal disease. Deciding to undergo a kidney transplant is a decision between you, your family and your physician. As part of your decision-making process, we urge you to evaluate the kidney transplant program at Cleveland Clinic.
A kidney transplant involves placing a healthy kidney into the body where it can perform all the functions that a failing kidney cannot. In most cases, the diseased kidneys, located in the back area, are not removed. The new kidney is positioned in the pelvic area where it is surgically connected to nearby blood vessels. The rewards of a successful kidney transplant are many. Most people report increased strength, stamina and energy. Kidney transplant recipients can return to a more normal lifestyle without being dependent on dialysis.
Years of experience, research and improved medications that prevent organ rejection have made kidney transplants extremely successful, and the number of successful transplants continues to grow. However, if a kidney transplant is not successful, the recipient can return to a regular dialysis schedule. It is also possible to undergo more than one kidney transplant.