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The surgical procedure

The new kidney has to be connected to the artery that carries blood from your heart into your legs and the vein that carries blood back to your heart from your legs. Your artery and vein are clamped and sewn to the artery and vein on the donated kidney. Then the clamps are released, allowing blood to flow in and out of your new kidney.

health and fitness Updated: Oct 24, 2003 17:46 IST
PTI

You will be admitted to hospital a couple of days before the date of transplant and a series of test will be conducted. These will include blood tests, chest x ray, ECG and ultrasound. Heart functions, the liver, the abdomen, the bladder and the kidneys will be studied.

Kidney transplants are performed under general anaesthesia. You will not feel pain during the surgery. The right lower corner of your abdomen is cleaned. The surgeon will make a long and deep cut through layers of muscle to get to the transplant site. The donated kidney is placed between the upper thigh and the abdomen, in the pelvis. Your kidneys, which have failed, will not be removed unless they are swollen or infected.

The new kidney has to be connected to the artery that carries blood from your heart into your legs and the vein that carries blood back to your heart from your legs. Your artery and vein are clamped and sewn to the artery and vein on the donated kidney. Then the clamps are released, allowing blood to flow in and out of your new kidney.

The tube that carries urine out of the kidney is stitched into the side of your bladder. Then your muscle layers are sewn together with dissolvable stitches and your skin is stitched up.

The operation is a major one and takes about four hours.

You may feel some pain and stiffness in your abdomen when the influence of the anaesthesia wears out. Close monitoring of your body functions continues for a week or so. You will be on powerful immuno-suppressants and these drugs might produce side effects.

If all goes well, you will be discharged after ten days or so and you will be asked to come in for regular follow ups.

(Source: Webhealthcentre.com)

First Published: Oct 23, 2003 19:39 IST