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Kidney Transplant:
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What is Kidney transplant?

A Kidney Transplant is a process wherein a healthy and compatible kidney is placed inside the body to replace the damaged or diseased kidney. After a successful transplantation, the new kidney continues to perform the regular functions.

The patient should be free from any infection or cancer and should not be overweight. Post surgery, the kidney from a live donor starts to function immediately while one from a deceased donor might take some time.

  • The new kidney is placed in the lower abdomen area while the old kidney is generally left intact
  • The patient is advised to quit smoking and follow a healthy diet
  • The donor's kidneys are allocated to patients according to the transplant waiting list if there is no match in the family
  • A suitable donor should match the blood type and tissue type of the recipient
CKD 1 - 3

Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 1 to 3

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is the progressive and gradual deterioration of the kidney, leading eventually to a kidney failure. It generally goes undetected till it reaches an advanced stage, characterized by critical levels of waste and fluid build up in the body. Kidney failure levels are demarcated by stages that measure the functionality loss of the kidneys.

Your doctor determines your stage of kidney disease based on the presence of kidney damage and your glomerular filtration rate (GFR), which is a measure of your level of kidney function. As chronic kidney disease progresses, your GFR number decreases.

  • Symptoms include hypertension, anemia, nausea, insomnia, and sometimes erectile dysfunction in males
  • The failure of one kidney does affect the functioning of the other kidney
  • Causes include diabetes and specific kidney diseases like polycystic kidney disease
  • The symptoms present themselves mostly at an advanced stage

Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 4

Stage 4 of chronic kidney disease has the patient’s GFR rate lower than 30 milliliters. Most patients that reach stage 4 need dialysis or kidney transplant in the future. Along with the early symptoms like high blood pressure, the patient develops uremia which is caused by an excessive waste build up in the body.

The patients also experience loss of appetite, kidney pain, and tingling in toes or fingers. The treatment options at this stage include hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis or a kidney transplant. Along with medications, a healthy diet is advised to the patient. This limits the intake of excess whole grains, proteins, saturated fats, calcium, and sodium; foods that aid in a waste build-up in the body.

  • Dialysis is recommended only when the kidney functions drop down to 15 percent
  • Along with a healthy diet, the patients are advised to take up some form of exercise routine
  • Stage 4 requires the patients to keep their blood sugar and blood pressure in check
  • Stage 4 might start the onset of bone, heart, and cardiovascular diseases

Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 5

Stage 5, also known as End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), indicates the functional loss of both kidneys. Additional symptoms at this stage include elevated lab levels of potassium and phosphorus, along with hormonal imbalances. The GFR rate at this stage is 15 milliliters or less and the urine levels reduce drastically. The level of kidney function can be diagnosed with a blood test for serum creatinine to calculate the eGFR measurement.

The kidneys at this stage stop all their functions including producing red blood cells and regulating vitamin D for bone health. Either dialysis or a transplant becomes mandatory for the patient to survive. With regular dialysis, the patient can continue to follow an almost regular lifestyle in the absence of a transplant, dialysis needs to be done lifelong.

  • Patients should avoid OTC diabetes, pain relieving, cholesterol, anti-microbial, and antacid medications
  • The patient may face swelling in hands, feet and the lower back area
  • Hepatitis B and pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccines prevent some serious complications at this stage
  • Fatigue is accompanied by shortness of breath and decreased appetite

Top Hospitals for Kidney Transplant in India

Here’s a list of the top hospitals in India where Kidney Transplant Procedure is performed

Fortis Hospital, Kolkata

#730 Anandapur, E M Bypass Road, Anandapur, Kolkata, West Bengal, 700107, India

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Jaslok Hospital, Mumbai

15 - Deshmukh Marg, Pedder Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400026, India


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Medanta The Medicity, Gurgaon

CH Bhaktawar Singh Road, Sector 38, Gurgaon, Haryana, 122001, India




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BLK Super Speciality Hospital, New Delhi

Building No-5, Pusa Road, Karol Bagh, New Delhi, Delhi, 110005, India



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Fortis Memorial Research Institute, G...

Sector 44, Opposite HUDA City Centre Metro Station, Gurgaon, Haryana, 122002,...


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Global Hospitals, LB Nagar

Sagar Road, LB Nagar, Hyderabad, Telangana, 500035, India



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S L Raheja Hospital, Mahim

Raheja Rugnalaya Marg, Mahim (West), Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400016, India


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Fortis Hospital, Mulund

Mulund Goregaon Link Road, Mulund (West), Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400078, India




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Top Doctors for Kidney Transplant in India

Here’s a list of the top doctors in India who perform the procedure and are known for providing quality care

Dr. S Sahariah

Dr. S Sahariah

Krishna Institute of M...

Chief Consultant - Transpla...

44 Years of Experience

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Dr. Harsha Jauhari

Dr. Harsha Jauhari

Sir Ganga Ram Hospital

Senior Consultant - Renal T...

43 Years of Experience

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Dr. HS Bhatyal

Dr. HS Bhatyal

BLK Super Speciality H...

Advisor & Senior Consultant...

32 Years of Experience

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Dr. Arabind Panda

Dr. Arabind Panda

Krishna Institute of M...

Consultant - Kidney Transpl...

10 Years of Experience

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Dr. Ankur Bansal

Dr. Ankur Bansal

Columbia Asia Hospital

Consultant - Urology and Re...

5 Years of Experience

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Dr. Neeraj Goyal

Dr. Neeraj Goyal

Alchemist Hospital

Consultant - Renal Transplant

11 Years of Experience

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    Kaniskha Pandey

    Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

    I had approached Credihealth team at the time when we were planning to go for KTP. We had no idea about the steps involved. The team at Credi guided me and my family through the process with detailed information as well as second opinions, which helped us in making a better and more informed decision.

  • Mr. Ankit Bahl

    Mr. Ankit Bahl

    New Delhi, Delhi

    Thank you team Credihealth for helping me find the right surgeon for my uncle's Kidney Transplant Surgery. Initially, we had no idea where to go or what to do. It was pretty difficult to find the doctors in Lucknow but then we got in touch with Credi Team and they helped us thoroughly and connected us to the best doctors in Delhi-NCR.

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    Mr. Nishant Prasad

    Junagadh, Gujarat

    My bro-in-law who is 30 yrs old, was well a few days back, but suddenly a few unconscious. was taken to local hosp, where after tests we were informed about his kidney failure and Transplant was the final option. After lot of research we spoke to Credihealth Team and within a week. We are thankful to the team for their guidance.

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Kidney Treatment Related Questions

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  • Vegetarian diets can meet the higher protein needs of a dialysis patient. Protein-enriched foods for vegetarians on a kidney diet may include: Meat analogs (meat substitutes such as soy burgers, tofu, hot dogs and deli slices) Soy products (tofu, tempeh) Beans and lentils Nuts and nut....

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  • Your choice of treatment depends on a variety of factors: your medical condition, your lifestyle, and your level of comfort in administering your treatment at home. Both types of treatments are effective for many end stage renal disease (ESRD) patients. Regardless of whether you choose PD or HHD....

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