Who is able to have a kidney transplant?


September 24, 2023

Kidney transplants are a treatment option for many long-term kidney failure patients.

  • A kidney transplant is a significant operation.
  • To be able to have kidney transplants, you must be well enough to cope with the surgery.
  • Unfortunately, not everyone with kidney failure will be fit enough
  • Your kidney doctor and transplant team have to be confident that you are likely to benefit from a transplant
  • Other treatment options may be safer for some patients

Who can have kidney transplants?

A kidney transplant is usually the best treatment for kidney failure in patients who are fit enough for the operation. But the benefits must outweigh the risks.

To have kidney transplants:

  • You must have long-term kidney disease
  • You must be well enough to cope with significant surgery
  • The transplant needs to have a good chance of success
  • You must be able to take the required daily medicines needed after a kidney transplant, including immunosuppressant medicines.


Why kidney transplants might not be your best option

A kidney transplant has lots of advantages but it also has some disadvantages, which may make it too risky for some patients.

 The main disadvantages are:

  • Kidney transplants are a significant operation lasting 4-6 hours
  • The surgery can place a strain on your heart or lungs
  • You have to take powerful immunosuppressant medicines afterwards, which can lead to other serious medical problems
  • Some patients experience psychological difficulties afterwards

Common reasons why kidney transplants may not be the proper treatment for you include:

  • You are too ill or frail to cope with the surgery and aftercare
  • You have recently had cancer, a severe infection, a heart attack or a stroke
  • You may struggle to take immunosuppressant medicines after a kidney transplant.

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