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Kidney Transplant: What You Need to Know

Actor George Lopez and NBA champion Alonzo Mourning are extremely talented in what they do for a living. They also each had kidney disease, and in order to help themselves continue down a successful path, they have each received a transplanted kidney. Medical advancements, surgical methods and donor matching make kidney transplant a possible alternative to dialysis.

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Going from Dialysis to Kidney Transplant

What's an alternative to dialysis? A kidney transplant. If you're thinking about switching treatments, this may help answer some of your questions about kidney transplantation.

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What’s It Like to Donate a Kidney?

When a person has end stage renal disease (ESRD)–the last stage of kidney disease–they either need dialysis or a kidney transplant to live. Donating a kidney is a great gift to a person with ESRD. It’s also an intensely personal decision that can be a different experience for everyone. Learn what it can be like for a live kidney donor to go through the physical and emotional aspects of a kidney donation.

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Kidney Transplant—The Alternative to Dialysis

For people who have lost nearly 90 percent of their kidney function, the only treatment options are dialysis or a kidney transplant. While dialysis replaces failed renal function, a transplant replaces a diseased kidney. Learn about the benefits and risks involved with a kidney transplant.

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Getting a Kidney Transplant

A kidney transplant is a treatment option for people with chronic kidney disease that progresses to end stage renal disease. A person with kidney failure can receive a kidney from either a living donor or a deceased donor. People with kidney disease are not automatically put on a list to receive a kidney transplant. Find out what you need to know about getting a kidney transplant.

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