Kidney Transplantation Specialist
Southland Renal Medical Group
Nephrologists located in the Greater Long Beach and Orange County, CA Area
Kidney transplants are one of the most common transplant operations in the United States. The medical team at Southland Renal Medical Group, with kidney treatment centers in Long Beach, Downey, Fountain Valley, and Los Alamitos, California, are experts in kidney transplantation and offer this as a treatment option if you’ve experienced kidney failure. To schedule a consultation with one of the experienced physicians, call Southland Renal Medical Group or book an appointment online today.
Kidney Transplantation Q & A
Why would I need a kidney transplantation?
Your kidneys are responsible for clearing your blood of waste and fluids. If your kidneys aren’t working as they should and they’re not expected to get better, then you may need dialysis or a kidney transplantation. Kidney transplantation isn’t a cure for chronic kidney disease (CKD), but a successful transplant can help you return to a state of good health.
Am I a good candidate for a kidney transplantation?
Your physician at Southland Renal Medical Group determines if you’re a good candidate for a kidney transplantation after a comprehensive evaluation. This evaluation may take place before your kidneys completely fail and you need dialysis. If your physician finds that you’re a good candidate, then you may be placed on a waiting list for a donor kidney.
Do I need more than one kidney?
Living related donorWith a living related donor, the kidney comes from a close relative such as a parent, sibling, or child.
Living unrelated donorWith a living unrelated donor, the kidney is coming from a friend or spouse.
Deceased donorFor a deceased donor, the kidney is coming from someone who recently died and doesn’t have chronic kidney disease. There is a waiting list for deceased donor kidneys. The length of time you need to wait for a deceased donor kidney may depend on your location and the types of patients on the list. The team at Southland Renal Medical Group can provide you with specific information about the wait time based on your case during your evaluation. To assess the severity of your kidney damage, your physician at Southland Renal Medical Group conducts a blood test to assess your glomerular filtration rate (GFR), which measures your level of kidney function. Unlike most chronic health conditions hypertension doesn’t cause symptoms, and the only way to know if your blood pressure is higher than normal is to have it checked. For good health, you should have a blood pressure screening at least once a year.
What happens after a kidney transplantation?
After your kidney transplantation, you may need to spend a few days in the hospital as you recover and the physicians closely monitor your body’s reaction to your new donor kidney. The transplant team at Southland Renal Medical Group continues to monitor your progress once at home and provide the medication you need to prevent rejection of your new kidney.
Most importantly, you need to follow a healthy lifestyle as outlined by your transplant team to keep your new kidney functioning at its best.
To schedule a kidney transplantation consultation, call Southland Renal Medical Group or book an appointment online today.