KIDNEY TRANSPLANTATION ABROAD

 

Are you or one of your loved ones is one of the over 93,000 people in the United States are already waiting for a new kidney transplant surgery? Many patients for kidney transplant are deperatley waiting for their time to get a kidney surgery but many of those somehow not able to get operated by multiple reason. Due to high medical cost in the US, especially for uninsured citizens it is almost impossible to to cover high treatment bills. Patients with insurence even may go through multiple opsticales with their insurence companies to that usually look for any opening to reject responsibility. Not only that but long waiting lists, lack of qualifies physicians may couse further furistrations. For some wait time for a kidney transplant may accede 10 years.

Thanks to the newly growing medical tourism trend now there is a better and more affordable option available for those in need.  Traveling abroad to get organ transplantation becoming more popular worldwide. Due to the low cost of the procedure, no waiting lines, and availability of more experienced surgens modern and high tech hospitals, evey year more patients going to Turkey, Singapore, Greece and Mexico. For kidney transplant the patients must be accompanied by the living donor, who must also be a family member, like father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, or spouse.

 

The kidneys are two organs that are bean-shaped, located on each side of the rib cage in a human body. They are very important organs as they help:

  •          Keep the levels of electrolytes such as sodium, potassium and phosphate stable in the body.
  •          Prevent buildup of waste and extra fluid in the body which is excreted in urine.
  •          Make hormones that help bones stay strong, make red blood cells and regulate blood pressure.

However, an underlying illness may cause the kidney not to function well, but when treated it will return to its normal duties. Unfortunately, some ailments such as blood pressure or diabetes may cause the kidneys not to return to their normal function, hence causing kidney failure which leads to prolonged treatment.

Kidney treatment is expensive and tiring to the patient and also to the supporting family. Procedures done almost daily involve haemolysis, peritoneal dialysis and the patient may get complications such as access problems or even line infection. In the long run, a new kidney is needed for a patient with an end-stage renal disease or even kidney failure thus saving his/her life.  Although one has to take anti-rejection drugs once the transplant is done, it is much better and also cheaper when you compare the cost of daily dialysis.

However, only a few countries do kidney transplant and most countries don’t have the required equipment nor even have few nephrologists to perform the procedure. Turkey, Mexico, Singapore and Greece are some of the countries that have top JCI accredited hospitals that offer kidney transplant with an amount a lot less then in the US. These centers offer cheap procedure, have high standardized patient care and have nephrologists available hence no waiting lines unlike other hospitals worldwide. For a kidney transplant to be successful, there has to be a donor who has a compatible tissue match to the recipient of the kidney and has similar antigens without which the recipient’s immune system will reject the new kidney.

Laparoscopic kidney removal is a new, highly technological procedure that is used to a kidney for the donor. Only a few incisions are made in the abdominal wall and instruments are used to detach the kidney then it’s extracted and prepared for implantation into the recipient immediately.  It’s a painless procedure that makes the door return to his/her normal duties faster unlike the previous five days recovery period.

Most of the time it’s a close relative who qualifies to be the donor, but a ‘Stanger’ can also donate the kidney provide they are compatible.  In very rare cases, the medic may use a kidney from a cadaver where the kidney is harvested once an individual dies. Once you have a donor that has a compatible tissue match and the required amount of money for the procedure, then you and the donor are set to travel to have the procedure done. The healing process will depend with how the body adapts to the new kidney, but in most cases, the procedure is successful. Having this procedure done abroad has saved time, cost and also life.