Kidney Disease Treatment

Treating Your Kidneys Through Natural Medicine

Transplants for Kidney Disease Treatment

Kidney transplant is used when the kidneys no longer function and there is no way to reverse the damage of the disease. In this situation the kidneys can no longer keep an individual alive. This is the last resort to treating kidney disease.

Kidney transplants are accomplished by harvesting a healthy kidney from another person. The body can operate on just one kidney, though care will have to be taken to provide added support of the one kidney that is trying to do the job of two.

Kidney transplants have been found to be most successful when the donor of a kidney is related to the patient. The donated kidney is less likely to be rejected by the recipient’s body when the genetics are the same in both the donor and patient. There are also drugs that are used to prevent rejection of the donated organ and help the body to accept the new kidney.

Matching the kidney tissue is a critical point in the process of transplantation. When the tissue is tested, the lab is looking for similarities in proteins called antigens between the donor and the recipient. By analyzing six separate antigens, the lab is able to determine the likelihood that the kidney will not be rejected by the transplant patient. When both individuals have the same six antigens it is the best match.

Kidneys are also harvested from cadavers and provided to individuals that are on kidney donor lists. Some people wait for years for a kidney that will not be rejected by their body.  Due to the fact that the body cannot survive without the detoxification that the kidneys provide to the blood stream, transplantation is necessary when all else fails. Dialysis is usually only a temporary solution to a growing problem within the renal system.

Donor recipients receive anti-rejection medications to help protect the donated kidney from the onslaught of the body’s autoimmune system. The autoimmune system sees the new kidney as an invader and will try to destroy it. The anti-rejection drugs will have to be taken for the rest of the patient’s life, for the body will never recognise the donated kidney as a part of the natural body. Kidney transplant is not a cure for kidney disease; though conventional medicine often touts it is as such. The circumstances that brought on renal failure in the first place must be addressed or the transplanted kidney may be damaged in same way.

After a kidney transplant, the diet plays an important role in the support of the new kidney. Restricting sodium is one of the most important dietary adjustments that must be made. The sodium can increase blood pressure and place an extra burden on the kidneys. The diet after kidney transplant does need to be strict but many patients find that the transplant diet is easier to follow and less restrictive than the diet they were on during dialysis.

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