Tuesday, January 8, 2013
From the Living Kidney Donor site....
While dialysis can be life-saving, it is only a stop-gap. It is a long, tiring, physically and emotionally draining process that is very hard on the body. Dialysis can do only about 10% of the work that a functioning kidney can do and frequently causes other severe health problems such as anemia, infection, bone disease, heart disease, and nerve damage. Consequently, the average life expectancy of a person on dialysis is only about 5 years.1
A transplant provides a far longer life expectancy. Patients who have a transplant before dialysis becomes necessary live an average of 10–15 years longer than those on dialysis.2 As one physician notes, “Kidney dialysis is an amazing procedure. But it is not yet as amazing as the kidney itself.” 3 Given thefoptions, a kidney patient’s best chance for survival is to avoid dialysis altogether and to receive a transplantffrom a living, rather than a deceased donor.