6 Myths About Kidney Transplantation
Posted October 25, 2022 by Anusha ‐ 3 min read
If you have kidney failure, a kidney transplant can help you feel better and live longer. Unfortunately, many myths persist about kidney transplant, including when you should get it, how much a kidney transplant costs, and who is eligible.
Myth: You have to wait a long time for a kidney transplant.
Living donation and other options make it possible to get a kidney faster.
You can control when you get a kidney transplant by working with a living donor.
If you’re uncomfortable having that conversation, counselors can help you with that process.
If you have a compatible donor, kidney transplant surgery can be scheduled when you and your donor are ready.
In addition, kidneys that were once discarded because they were exposed to infection such as HIV or hepatitis C are now being used in transplants.
These kidneys have significantly shortened the wait time for quality kidneys that will work for a long time, and result in positive outcomes for recipients.
Myth: I’ll stick with dialysis. I’m afraid of kidney transplant surgery.
Your quality of life will be better with a transplant.
Surgery is not without risks, and it can present a financial challenge, but it’s important to thoughtfully weigh the risks and benefits when deciding how you want to live your life.
Many studies show a kidney transplant has multiple benefits over dialysis, including improving the quality and quantity of your life.
Myth : Kidney donation is very complicated and donor will have to face lot of complications for a lifetime.
Kidney donors go through a lot of screening before they are declared medically fit to donate a kidney.
These tests help in ruling out any possibility of health issues like diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and kidney disease.
Also lifestyle changes that they might have to adapt are explained in detail.
This reduces the possibility of the donor falling ill because of donation.
Myth : A donor will have to follow many restrictions when it comes to physical activity and eating out.
You do not have to make major changes in your eating habits.
You just have to focus on eating healthy.
Your diet remains nearly same as the diet before the operation.
You can also return to your exercise routine within a few weeks after the operation.
The only exception is carrying heavy weight i.e. weight of more than 5 kg for the first three months.
Myth : Having one kidney will put the donor at a greater risk of kidney problems later in life.
The fact is that even one kidney is capable of performing all functions in the long run.
You just have to take care of your diet, eat healthy and be physically active to lead a normal life.
Myth : After kidney donation you will have to visit hospitals regularly throughout life.
No, this is not true.
You would have to initially take few tests that too once in three to six months after the surgery.
Post that a regular or annual check-up is required.
This helps in noticing any early signs of medical conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes.