Which Path is Most Beneficial for People with Kidney Failure?
Transplant or Dialysis?
Long-term data is proving that preemptive kidney transplant is the best option for most patients whose kidney disease is progressing to kidney failure. This depends on the availability of a suitable donor. In most cases, preemptive kidney transplants are performed with living-donor kidneys. We recommend discussing kidney transplantation with your doctor before your kidneys fail.
Kidneys are the body's filter, removing waste and toxins from the blood. When they fail you have two options, transplant or dialysis.
A transplanted kidney performs 100% of a kidney's function. Dialysis only performs 10%.
After recovering from surgery transplant patients are able to return to their normal schedule and activities. Dialysis patients have 3-4 treatment sessions a week.
Benefits of preemptive kidney transplant:
- Enhanced overall health
- Improved life expectancy
- Higher quality of life
- Fewer complications
- Less time in the hospital
- Better function of the new kidney
Negative impacts of Dialysis:
- Heart disease
- Bone disease
- High blood pressure
- Nerve damage
- Cholesterol problems
- Poor nutrition
- Decreased lifespan of a future transplanted kidney
Transplant patients experience fewer setbacks than dialysis patients.
Kidney transplant recipients have a significantly greater chance of survival compared to dialysis patients.