For many people transplant is the best option.
The advantages include:
- People who get a transplant often have more energy than patients on dialysis. Most can go back to work, eat and drink more freely, and return to exercising.
- A transplanted kidney can do 50% to 80% of what a normal kidney does, while dialysis can do only 10% to 15% of what a normal kidney does.
Transplant recipients generally have more time and freedom without dialysis.
Why kidney patients get transplants
“I enjoy so many foods that I couldn't eat on dialysis, and I drink a lot of water now.”
“My life is back to the way it was before my kidneys failed.”
“I can’t tell you how great I feel with a kidney that is working. I had forgotten how much energy I would have to do what I love.”
kidney transplant recipients