Find a compatible kidney donor
A living kidney donor is a faster alternative than waiting for a match in the deceased donor waiting list, which could take a few years. There are different facilities that can help you find a kidney donor here in the Philippines. A family member donor can also be an option and could be a perfect match.
Follow all your diet and exercise guidelines. Take your prescribed medicines and avoid smoking and drinking prior to your surgery. Your body needs to be healthy and strong to withstand the surgery and to be able to recover faster after the procedure.
During Kidney transplant
The kidney transplant is done under general anesthesia that will put you to sleep during the procedure. The doctor will make an incision in your abdomen and place the kidney inside, surgically connecting it to your arteries and veins.
If it is not causing problems or complications, your doctor will leave your original kidneys inside the body.
After the Kidney Transplant procedure
After the transplant, you will have to stay at the hospital for a few days to heal and be monitored for any signs of complications. The pain and soreness around the incision site is normal and you will feel better as it heals after a while.
After you leave the hospital, you will have follow-up appointments and medications will be prescribed by your doctor. These anti-rejection drugs will prevent your immune system from rejecting and attacking your new kidney. You will take these medications for the rest of your life.
If the transplant is successful, your new kidney will be able to function normally and filter your blood. This means, you will not have to get dialysis treatment anymore.
It’s not easy to undergo any major surgery. The feeling of unease and worry while waiting for a donor and having fears about rejection is normal. Seek support from your family and friends. There are support groups that can help you understand and cope with your condition.
Try to adjust your diet and lifestyle and make healthier choices. Once you recover from your surgery, try to do low-impact exercises and physical activities. The journey towards a successful transplant may be challenging, but the right guidance from your doctor and support of those closest to you can make it easier.