Frequently Asked Questions
Kidney Transplant Surgeon Overview
Kidney transplant surgeons are trained to perform renal transplants. Kidney transplants are carried out when a person suffers from end stage renal disease (ESRD) or severe chronic kidney disease. While patients can opt for dialysis, a transplant can drastically improve life expectancy and the quality of life.
Conditions treated by Kidney Transplant Surgeon
Conditions treated by kidney transplant surgeons include chronic kidney failure and ESRD, or end stage renal disease.
Do nephrologists do kidney transplants?
No, nephrologists do not perform kidney transplants. However, they are an important part of the team that will take care of your transplant journey.
What are the two types of transplants that kidney transplant surgeons perform?
There are two types of transplant a kidney transplant surgeon can perform:
- 1) Live donor transplant- A kidney is taken from a living donor, like a family member, friends, relatives or even strangers.
- 2) Deceased donor transplant- Also called a cadaveric transplant, kidneys are taken from someone who has recently passed away, is an organ donor or is someone considered brain dead.
How does a surgeon perform a kidney transplant in general terms?
The patient is given anaesthesia
The surgeon makes an incision in the abdomen and places the kidneys inside the body
The necessary arteries, veins are connected along with the ureter of the donor and recipient kidneys
Blood flow is checked for after which the incision is closed with sutures and a dressing is applied.
What to expect at the first appointment with a kidney transplant surgeon?
The doctor will ask about personal, family medical history and current requirements. From there, the kidney transplant surgeon will prepare a treatment plan for your condition.