A kidney transplant is not a cure. It is a treatment option that requires lifelong commitments (taking medications and being followed by a kidney specialist).
A transplant is thought of as the “gold standard” because it is the treatment that comes closest to “normal” kidney function. It is a major surgical procedure that places a healthy kidney from another person into your lower abdomen. It is possible to have a kidney transplant without going on dialysis.
A kidney transplant is not for everyone. Several factors determine if a transplant is an option for you, including general health, emotional health, and health insurance/financial resources.
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