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Kidney transplant

Treatment for people with kidney failure

End-stage chronic kidney disease (CKD) or kidney failure is the most common reason for needing a kidney transplant

About

The kidneys filter waste from the blood and convert it into urine. Otherwise waste products build up, which can be life threatening. Dialysis can partially replicate kidney function but it can be inconvenient and time consuming — making a kidney transplant the ideal treatment for kidney failure.

Need to know

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    A kidney transplant usually takes around three hours and has three stages.

    1. A cut is made in your lower abdomen through which the donated kidney is put in place. Your own kidneys will be left where they are unless they're causing pain or infection.
    2. Nearby blood vessels are attached to those of the donated kidney.
    3. The ureter (the tube that carries urine from the kidney to the bladder) of the donated kidney is connected to your bladder.

    A stent (a small plastic tube) may be inserted into the ureter to aid urine flow and is usually removed 4‒6 weeks later. The cut in your abdomen will be closed with surgical staples, stitches or surgical glue.

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    You'll be assessed to determine if you're suitable for kidney transplantation. Following a successful assessment you will be admitted into hospital.

    At the hospital, you'll be assessed to ensure you have no new medical conditions.

    Tests will also be done to ensure the donor kidney is suitable for you. Once this is confirmed, you'll be given general anaesthetic and taken to the operating theatre.
  • Afterwards icon plus

    You will feel some pain upon waking ‒ painkillers can be provided.

    You'll also be put on immunosuppression therapy immediately to prevent rejection of the new kidney.

    Most transplanted kidneys work immediately but some may take several days to work properly. Dialysis may be needed during this time.

    Most people leave hospital in a week but you'll need to attend frequent check-ups to assess your kidney function and to ensure your medications are working.

    For the first few weeks, you'll have two to three appointments a week, subsiding to once every few months after a year.

    You should be able to resume work and normal activities within a few months.

Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.
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Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • London Bridge Hospital

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments & Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773

  • The Princess Grace Hospital Facility

    The London Kidney Centre

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London

    W1U 5NY

    Call 020 7079 4344

  • The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London  W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7935 7700
    General enquiries 020 7034 8181

  • The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7730 8298
    General enquiries 020 7730 7733

  • The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 7908 8001
    General enquiries 020 7486 1234

  • The Wellington Hospital - South Building

    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 020 7483 5148
    General enquiries 020 7586 5959

  • Docklands facility

    HCA UK at Docklands

    2 Upper Bank Street, Canary Wharf

    London

    E14 5EE

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    HCA UK at The Shard

    The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street

    London

    SE1 9BS

    Call 020 3131 6888
    Opening hours 7:30 - 20:00 Monday - Friday

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We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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