The Centres of Nephrology and Urology have a sizeable and comprehensive renal transplant program, having performed both autologous and cadaveric transplants.
A person who is the first relative of the patient (according to the THO act) or has taken special permission from the government appointed authorization committee, can donate a kidney.
The donor can lead a normal and comfortable life without any lifestyle or diet changes, after donating a kidney. Laparoscopy is usually used to remove the donor's kidney.
During the transplant, the new kidney is placed in the lower abdomen. The blood vessels of the new kidney are attached to blood vessels in the lower part of the abdomen. The new kidney's ureter is connected to the urinary bladder. A kidney transplant surgery usually lasts for about three to four hours. To prevent the body from rejecting the new kidney, medications to suppress the immune system should be taken lifelong.