When kidneys fail, there are a limited number of medical options available. Kidney transplantation has become a preferred treatment option over traditional kidney dialysis and peritoneal dialysis (PD), a treatment for those with severe chronic kidney disease. Most patients feel that a successful kidney transplant provides a better quality of life because it allows greater freedom and is often associated with increased energy levels and a longer life.
While dialysis maintains life, kidney transplantation provides more complete restoration of kidney function and is associated with a higher quality of life than chronic dialysis for transplant candidates. Cost factors may also drive demand for kidney transplantation, since it is the most cost-effective therapy for renal failure.
Hospital admissions and hospital days per year after transplant are less than half those for dialysis patients. While initial costs for the first year of transplant are higher, these are recouped after approximately 18 months for a live donor transplant and by 30 months for a deceased donor transplant.
CHRISTUS Transplant Institute has performed more than 600 kidney transplants with overwhelming success.
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