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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 like plasmapheresis – a process that removes antibodies from the blood that may 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 for this transplant, you must be medically fit to undergo the operation.

  • A kidney transplant is recommended for treating end-stage kidney disease. In 2008, we performed a 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 over 4 years without requiring medical leave.

  • Our skilled team of specialists and staff operate at Mount Elizabeth Orchard and Mount Elizabeth Novena – both award-winning hospitals with modern technology and facilities.

    Take your first step towards better health today, and experience the quality and customised healthcare that has made us one of the leading medical institutions in Asia-Pacific.

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