Kidney Transplant in Delhi

Kidney Transplant in Delhi

Dr. Niren Rao has been a part of over 700 kidney transplants and has independently done over a 100 himself.

Why choose Dr. Niren Rao for Kidney Transplant Surgery in Delhi?

  • Dr. Niren Rao has a vast experience of nearly a decade in kidney transplants and he is very passionate about his patients.
  • He is the chief transplant surgeon at Metro Hospital (Noida), Yashoda Hospital (Ghaziabad) and SSIMS Hospital (Gwalior).
  • He is one of the few transplant surgeons who routinely perform transplants on “Ayushman Bharat” scheme patients, a noble scheme by the government of India for the underprivileged sections of the society.
  • Dr. Niren Rao performs ABO incompatible and paediatric transplants as well.
  • Cost of kidney transplant in Delhi ranges between Rs. 500,000 to 600,000.

Kidney Transplant Surgery is any day a better option for people suffering from kidney failure compared to dialysis. In the long run, it offers a better quality of life as well as longevity of life to patients.

When should one consider a kidney transplant?

Kidneys are vital organs that filter our blood and make urine. Sometimes kidneys can get affected by various reasons (such as uncontrolled diabetes or high blood pressure) and stop working optimally. When they are damaged beyond a percentage of their total function, patients reach a point called End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). In such patients, extra fluid and waste products start accumulating in their bodies. The initial treatment of such patients is by means of dialysis.

Dialysis reduces the extra fluids and waste from the patient's blood only to an extent. Depending on their condition, patients need to undergo dialysis one to three times a week. The lifestyle and life expectancy of patients on dialysis are not very good. Most patients have to stop during their regular work and also depend on one or two family members to take them to the hospital for dialysis. Each session of dialysis usually lasts for about 4 hours.

Renal transplantation is a better option for patients with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). Also, the lifestyle of patients is better post kidney transplant and so is the overall survival rate.

Kidney Transplant Surgery
Who can donate a kidney?

Any family member or a close relative can donate one of his/her kidneys to the patient with ESRD.

Who performs a kidney transplant?

A kidney transplant is a teamwork involving both a kidney transplant surgeon (urologist) as well as a kidney physician (nephrologist).

What are the preparations to undergo this surgery?
  • A battery of tests is conducted on the kidney recipient to assess the fitness to undergo renal transplantation.
  • A donor of the same blood group is always preferable. Though with better medicines nowadays, even an ABO-incompatible transplant can be done in the carefully selected patient.
  • Early mobilization is encouraged which is greatly aided by modern laparoscopic means of donor surgery.
  • The catheter and drain are removed on days 1 and 2 respectively and the patient is given a soft diet.
What happens during this surgery?
  • The recipient is usually admitted to the hospital 2-3 days before transplant and is adequately dialyzed to optimize him/her for transplant surgery.
  • The donor is admitted a day before surgery.
  • The surgery usually lasts for 3-4 hours.
  • Both the donor and recipient surgeries are started simultaneously.
  • The donor’s kidney is mobilized and simultaneously recipient is prepared for transplant by giving an incision in the lower abdomen.
  • The kidney is removed from the donor and flushed with cold saline and prepared for transplant.
  • In the recipient, the donor kidney’s artery and vein are connected to the artery and vein of the recipient. The donor kidney's ureter is joined to the recipient's bladder over a DJ stent for drainage of urine.
  • The donor stays in the hospital for 4-5 days.
What should a kidney donor expect post-surgery?
  • At the time of discharge, the patient is educated about the precautions to be taken in the future so that their remaining kidney stays healthy always.
  • Post-surgery there is a urinary catheter and an abdominal drain for drainage of extra fluid from the body.
  • Early mobilization is encouraged which is greatly aided by modern laparoscopic means of donor surgery.
  • The catheter and drain are removed on days 1 and 2 respectively and the patient is given a soft diet.
What should the kidney transplant patient expect post-surgery?
  • The recipient stays in the hospital for 7 days.
  • Post-surgery the recipient has a catheter for drainage of urine, as the drain for the removal of extra fluid produced during surgery, and an internal DJ stent.
  • The patient is given a soft diet and taught chest physiotherapy and is gradually mobilized.
  • The drain is usually removed on the 5th day and the urinary catheter on the 7th day before discharge.
  • Patients are refrained from doing any heavy physical work for around 2 months post surgery.
  • The DJ stent is usually removed 3 weeks after the transplant.
  • Patients should regularly remain in touch with their doctors and regularly take their medicines (immune-suppressants) so that their kidneys are not rejected by the immune system of their bodies.

For more information, please feel free to visit Delhi Urology Hospital and get in touch with Dr. Niren Rao, a kidney transplant surgeon in Delhi.

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