Kidney disease can get worse over time, and may lead to kidney failure. Kidney failure means advanced kidney damage with less than 15% normal function. Most people with kidney failure have symptoms from the build up of waste products and extra water in their body. End-stage renal disease (ESRD) is kidney failure treated by dialysis or kidney transplant.
A kidney transplant is a treatment for kidney failure— it is not a cure. You will still need to see your health care provider regularly. You also will need to take medications every day to make sure your immune system doesn’t reject the new kidney
A successful transplant takes a coordinated effort from your whole health care team. Your team includes, your nephrologist, transplant surgeon, transplant coordinator, pharmacist, dietitian, and social worker— as well as you and your family. Learn how you can prepare for a kidney transplant.
A kidney transplant isn’t for everyone. You may have a condition that makes the transplant surgery dangerous or not likely to succeed.