Renal Health Network

Advantages / Disadvantages: Kidney Transplantation

Kidney transplantation has advantages and disadvantages. See the list below.

Advantages
  • A transplanted kidney works like a normal kidney.
  • You may feel healthier and “more normal.”
  • You have fewer diet restrictions.
  • You won’t need dialysis.
  • Patients who successfully go through the selection process have a higher chance of living a longer life.
Disadvantages
  • It requires major surgery.
  • You may need to wait for a donor.
  • Your body may reject the new kidney, so one transplant may not last a lifetime.
  • You’ll need to take immunosuppressants, which may cause complications.

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