When these organs fail, harmful wastes build up in your body, leading to high blood pressure, increased fluid retention, imbalances in salts and acids in the blood, and decreased red blood cell production. All of those events can have harmful, possibly life-threatening effects on your heart and brain.
Dr. Shaw is proud to be one of two urologists in Central Texas to participate in the Renal Transplant Program at North Austin Medical Center.
Dr. Shaw received training at the Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans, one of the largest of such programs in the Gulf Coast Region. Since 2004, he has been performing this kidney transplant surgery at St. Davids North Austin Medical Center.
Kidney transplantation is one of the most common and successful organ transplant procedures performed today. Thanks to decades of fine-tuning, renal transplantation has become a life-saving alternative for thousands of patients with end-stage renal disease.
Kidney Transplant Information
What happens under normal conditions?
What causes kidney failure?
What are the symptoms of kidney failure?
How is kidney failure treated?
While hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis will not cure kidney failure, they can replace the work of your kidneys, helping you feel better and live longer.
About 30 percent of kidney failure sufferers are suitable candidates for a kidney transplant, a surgical procedure to restore function by replacing two failed kidneys with one healthy organ.
About half of kidney transplants come from non-living (or deceased) donors, even though family members, spouses (living, related donors) and friends (living, unrelated donors) can safely donate if tests can prove they’ll have nearly normal kidney function after giving up one kidney.
A kidney transplant is usually placed in the lower abdomen without any need to remove the failed kidneys. The new kidney’s artery is connected to one of the patient’s pelvic arteries. The kidney’s vein is connected to one of the veins in the patient’s pelvis. The ureter, the tube that drains urine from the kidney, is connected to the bladder or to one of the patient’s own ureters. In children, the blood vessels from a large adult kidney transplant are frequently connected to the child’s aorta and inferior vena cava.
What can be expected after treatment for kidney failure?
What are the risk factors for kidney failure?
I’d like to donate one of my kidneys to my brother but our blood types are not identical. Does it matter?
Antibodies, proteins manufactured by the immune system that react specifically to donor tissue. A “negative cross-match” or lack of reaction when blood samples from a donor and recipient are test tube mixed confirms when a kidney is acceptable.
How long will I have to wait for a kidney transplant if I do not have a living donor?
Please plan to arrive two hours prior to your treatment.
The procedure usually takes three hours, and Dr. Shaw will come and speak to your family afterwards
Upon wakening from the procedure, you will have a catheter draining your bladder. I have yet to meet a person who likes having a catheter, but relax, the catheter typically be removed first thing in the morning.
It is not unusual to have a sensation of wanting to urinate, or to have bladder spasms after surgery. This usually goes away within 1-2 days.
Kidney Trnasplant Surgery Procedure
We utilize a Patient Controlled Anesthetic (PCA) which gives pain medication on a regular basis, as well as via a on-demand button that the patient can use for additional pain control as needed.
After the PCA is removed, a combination of oral and IV pain medication is used.
The day after surgery, we encourage early ambulation or movement around the room and hallways with assistance of nursing staff.
We gradually advance your diet as tolerated
Advice After Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy
Definitely rest up for a week after the procedure. Drink at least 6-8 glasses of water a day, and stay well hydrated.
For pain, Tylenol works great for mild discomfort. For pain not relieved by these medications, use the prescription Vicodin that was prescribed for you. Do not use ibuprofen, Motrin, or other NSAIDS, as this can affect function of your remaining kidney.