Preparing for transplant

Preparing for transplant

There are many steps you need to take to get ready for a kidney transplant. First, you must have an evaluation by a transplant center to decide if you are ready for the kidney transplant. If the evaluation teams decides you are ready, the next step is to find a kidney match, which your transplant team will help you with. There are other things you will need to prepare for, like paying for your transplant, and paying for the medicines you will take after. You will also need to prepare for the transplant surgery itself.

Before having a transplant, you will need tests to see if the donor kidney is a match for your body.  For the kidney to be a good match, the new kidney will need to be very similar to the other organs and tissues in your body so that your immune system will not attack it.
Finding A Mach
The job of your immune system is to find anything that should not be inside your body, attack it, then get rid of it to keep your body healthy. The immune system is meant to protect your body by fighting anything it senses can hurt you, such as bacteria from spoiled food or viruses like the flu. Because the donor kidney comes from another person’s body, your immune system will notice right away that your new kidney is different than the rest of your body, then start to attack the new kidney as if it were a disease.  To lower the chances of this happening, your transplant team will make sure that the new kidney comes from someone whose blood type works with your blood type.

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