Kidney Transplant Specialist

San Antonio Kidney Disease Center Physicians Group -  - Nephrologist

San Antonio Kidney Disease Center Physicians Group

Nephrologists located in numerous locations in San Antonio, TX, and surrounding Counties

You won’t find a team more knowledgeable about kidney transplants than the dedicated physicians at San Antonio Kidney Disease Center Physicians Group. They are the oldest practice in San Antonio, founded in 1978, providing expert care and offering the latest advancements to treat chronic disease and failure, including a kidney transplant. The team has full-time, nationally renowned transplant nephrologists on staff to ensure you receive the highest quality care before, during, and after your transplant. To learn more, book an appointment by calling San Antonio Kidney Disease Center today.

Kidney Transplant Q & A

What is a kidney transplant?

A kidney transplant is a surgical procedure to replace a damaged or failed kidney with a healthy one from a live or deceased donor.

A transplant may be necessary if your kidneys aren’t able to properly filter excess fluid and waste from your blood in the case of chronic kidney disease, or when they lose their ability to function normally, as with end stage renal failure.

End stage renal failure occurs when your kidneys lose 90% of their functionality. If you have failure in both of your kidneys, a transplant using only one healthy kidney is possible.

What causes end stage renal failure?

There are several conditions which can cause irreparable kidney damage that requires a kidney transplant, including:

How is end stage renal failure treated?

If you have end stage kidney disease, you may have an option for dialysis, a machine-assisted procedure that removes fluids and waste from your blood when your kidneys aren’t functioning properly. This removal process needs to happen daily and can reduce your quality of life.

Your San Antonio Kidney Disease Center physician may recommend a kidney transplant as an alternative to dialysis. Benefits of a transplant over dialysis include:

  • Better quality of life
  • Lower risk of death
  • Fewer dietary restrictions

Am I a good candidate for a kidney transplant?

You may qualify for a transplant if your nephrologist determines it’s the most effective treatment option. Some factors that can reduce your chances of a successful transplant include:

  • Advanced age
  • Recent cancer
  • Severe heart disease

Your physician can determine if you’re a good candidate for a transplant after a full health assessment and a review of your medical history. They also discuss the risks of a transplant as it relates to your specific health needs.

How long does recovery take from a kidney transplant?

You can expect to spend up to a week recovering in the hospital. Your physician prescribes medications you’ll need to take for the rest of your life to prevent your body’s rejection of the transplant. These medications also help prevent infections immediately after the transplant.

It can take three to four weeks of healing before you can return to most of your normal activities, including work. Your physician monitors your progress as you recover through routine appointments.

To find out more about kidney transplants, contact San Antonio Kidney Disease Center Physicians Group by phone.