For people with kidney failure, kidney transplant may be a good way to take the place of your impaired kidney. And they usually hold high expectation about recovery. Now let’s look at the life expectancy after a kidney transplant.
What is the life expectancy after a kidney transplant?
The organ Procurement and Transplantation Network shows that more than 90% of people who receive a kidney transplant live for at least one year after their transplant surgery. More then 80% live for at least five years. And about 54 % live for 10 years. Of course, this is only the graft survival. It is difficult to say the accurate expectancy, because it depends on many factors. Even if the kidney fails, you can still alive and go back on dialysis to wait another transplant. With good care, a person can live a very full life on dialysis fro many years. However, the average life expectancy for all dialysis patients is currently between five and six years.
What influences the life expectancy after kidney transplant?
Many things can influence the life expectancy after kidney transplant, such as what you drink and eat. Though kidney transplant allows you to have a more normal lifestyle, it does not mean you can eat and drink at random. It is also necessary for you to take a healthy diet plan.
Immunosuppressive medicines are often prescribed to suppress your immune system to prevent your body rejecting the new kidney. But they increase your risk of other disease, such as skin cancer, which also influences your life expectancy.
Even if you take immunosuppressive medicines, there is also the chance that your body reject your new kidney. And this may have influence on life expectancy.
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