A transplant is when you get a kidney from another person. The person who gives you the kidney is called a donor. The donor’s blood type and tissue must match yours. The new kidney is put into your body through surgery and is usually placed in the lower part of your belly. Your old kidney may or may not be taken out during surgery. The new kidney does the work that your old kidneys did when they were working.
With a transplant, you will always need to take special medicines. Some of these medicines are called anti-rejection or immunosuppressive drugs. They help your body accept the kidney. Early signs that your body may be rejecting the new kidney can be fever, tenderness at the new kidney site, and making less urine.
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Patients have a variety of experiences with transplant. In the book 'Your Life, Your Choice' patients shared their stories.
National Transplant Information Sources
Flyers and Booklets
South Atlantic Area Transplant Center Referral Guide Printable PDF
Get the Facts: Transplantation Booklet (English I Spanish)
Is a Kidney Transplant Right for Me? Your Guide to the Transplant Process Booklet
Why Transplant Is a Good Idea Flyer
- Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) 1-800-366-COTA
- National Transplant Assistance Fund 1-800-642-8399
- Transplant Living 1-888-894-6361
- Organ Donation: Tax Deductions and Credits by State