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Old 03-31-2010, 01:49 PM   #1
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Future kidney transplant

I have CKD, with a GFR of about 20, and in otherwise poor health, with a history of heart attack, 4 strokes, and extremely high BP (difficult to control with medication).

I was recently faced with a new diagnosis of endometriosis, for which a hysterectomy was needed, but that idea was quickly dismissed, in the fear of the surgery being way to risky. I have had to choose another treatment. It turns out I will likely never be a candidate for any surgery...which leads to my question.

If I am too sick for surgery, what are the chances I could ever get a kidney transplant? I am only 49 years old.

 
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Re: Future kidney transplant

They put you through your paces (tons and tons of medical stuff) to determine if you are a suitable candidate for transplant. I had a friend with diabetes told about 15 years ago that due to her diabetes, they would not give her a hysterectomy - too dangerous. And yet here she is, now in her mid 50s, and she has had her kidney transplant. She had bleeding fibroids and the ob/gyn refused to operate saying it was too dangerous. But the transplant surgeons found her to be suitable.

Do you exercise? It is possible to develop collaterals that can help with bloodflow and make you healthier - at least in cardiac terms. Make sure that it is only after an evaluation by certified cardiologists or transplant surgeons that you accept that you are not eligible for transplant.
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Re: Future kidney transplant

Thanks Cora...

I was hoping the two would not go hand in hand...necessarily.

I can imagine the Gyno's choice not to operate would be based on different factors than the transplant teams.

My exercise regiment is weak, I must admit. I walk, and drive a 50 year old truck (which takes a lot of muscle-no power steering ). I still get out on my bicycle, and ride a quad (motorcycle) in the desert...BUT, that is on the good days. I have many days where I am fighting my crazy crazy high blood pressure, and I am sidelined. All in all, I am doing much better than expected.

I am always hoping for the best!

 
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