Kidney transplantation is the procedure of placing a healthy kidney from one person into another person. People with kidney damage or end-stage renal disease are candidates for kidney transplants. The procedure restores normal kidney function, freeing patients from dialysis. After the transplant, doctors follow the patient to make sure the body doesn’t reject the kidney; drugs help prevent rejection. A special diet will be prescribed, too.
End-Stage Renal Disease: Choosing a Treatment That’s Right for You contains a chapter on kidney transplantation that provides additional information.
For information on paying for a transplant, you may wish to order Financing transplantation: What Every Patient Needs To Know, United Network for Organ Sharing, 1100 Boulders Parkway, Suite 500, Richmond, VA 23225, or call (800) 24. DONOR.
For a fact sheet on living-related donors, contact the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016, or call (800) 622. 9010.
Questions and Answers About Organ Transplantation is available from the Health Resources and Services Administration, Division of Transplantation, 5600 Fishers Lane, Parklawn Building, Room 7. 29, Rockville, MD 20857, or call (301) 443. 7577.
Additional Information on Kidney Transplantation
The National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse collects resource information on kidney and urologic diseases for the Combined Health Information Database (CHID). CHID is a database produced by health-related agencies of the Federal Government. This database provides titles, abstracts, and availability information for health information and health education resources.
To provide you with the most up-to-date resources, information specialists at the clearinghouse created an automatic search of CHID. To obtain this information you may view the results of the automatic search on Kidney Transplantation.
Or, if you wish to perform your own search of the database, you may access the CHID Online web site and search CHID yourself.
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NIH Publication No. 98-4607