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Complicated Kidney Transplant

  • Understanding the procedure

    Complicated Kidney Transplant

    With today’s advances in anti-rejection drugs, tissue-typing and good matching are no longer essential for a successful transplant. Patients who have had previous transplants, pregnancies or multiple blood transfusions may develop antibodies in their blood that make it difficult for them to receive a transplant as their bodies tend to reject most available kidneys.

    Due to improvements in donor-specific screening and pre-transplant processes, more accurate detection and identification of potentially harmful donor antibodies is now possible.

    Depending on your condition, your specialist will either recommend that you undergo

    • Blood Group Incompatible (ABO-Incompatible) Transplant
    • HLA-antibody Incompatible (Sensitised Patient) Transplant

    These transplant options include a series of special pre-transplant procedures such as plasmapheresis – a process that removes antibodies from the blood that may otherwise cause the body to reject the transplanted kidney.

    If you have been diagnosed with end-stage kidney failure and have a pre-existing condition that will cause you to reject a transplanted kidney or are unable to find a live donor with a matching blood group, your surgeon may suggest a complicated kidney transplant. While there is no age limit to undergo a transplant, you must be medically fit to undergo the operation.

  • A successful Complicated Kidney Transplant can save your life if you are suffering from end-stage kidney disease. In 2008, we performed the first successful blood group incompatible adult living donor kidney transplant in Southeast Asia, helping the patient recover his health and prolonging his life. Since the transplant, the patient has recovered his muscular strength, completed his diploma studies and held down his job for four years now without taking any medical leave.

    To date, we have performed more than 10 cases of blood group incompatible kidney transplants with a first-year survival rate of approximately 96%, similar to that of standard transplants. With today’s advancements, kidney transplant patients can expect to live for more than 20 years.

  • Your goal of getting swift, accurate and effective treatment is our strength. Our skilled team of specialists and staff operate at Mount Elizabeth Orchard and Mount Elizabeth Novena – both award-winning hospitals with advanced technology and modern facilities. Take your first step towards better health today, and experience the high-quality, customised healthcare that has made us one of the leading medical institutions in Asia-Pacific.

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