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    Benefits of Kidney Transplantation

    Transplantation is referred to as the "Gift of Life" because it saves lives and restores the quality of life for those who have been sick for a long time.

    Advantages

    Transplantation has many advantages. It eliminates the need for dialysis and helps patients enjoy a life filled with more freedom, energy and productivity. Although most patients are on dialysis before first being evaluated for transplantation, patients with end-stage renal disease can be referred for transplantation even before starting dialysis.

    Successful kidney transplantation treats your kidney failure and gives you back your health. It also provides a better quality of life and is therefore a preferable treatment for many patients. Usually you will have less restrictions on fluid intake and diet after receiving a transplant. Many patients also return to work and lead a full life after transplant.
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    Quality of Life

    It is hard to measure the quality of life because every person looks at his or her life differently. However many patients who have received a kidney transplant will attest to the positive impact on their lives since they had a transplant.
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    Disadvantages

    Transplantation can also have some disadvantages. You will need to take medications every day and these drugs may have side effects. You may also reject your new kidney or develop an infection.

    To make an informed treatment decision, gather information and seek the advice of health care professionals. Or read more about scheduling a kidney transplant evaluation.
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    About California Pacific Medical Center

    California Pacific Medical Center, part of the Sutter Health Opens new window network, offers kidney, pancreas, liver and heart transplantation as part of our Barry S. Levin, MD Department of Transplant.

    Kidney & Pancreas Transplant Program
    California Pacific Medical Center
    2340 Clay Street
    San Francisco, CA 94115
    Tel. 415-600-1700

    Outreach locations available throughout Northern California and in Reno.
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