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Transplant surgery scheduled for 10/23

I recently joined transplant friends as I am scheduled for a kidney transplant on October 23rd at Mayo Clinic. I have PKD and on my latest labs my creatinine is 4.93 and GFR is 12, so I am ready!! My sister is donating her kidney and has been amazing with everything that she has gone through to get approved. I will be having my native kidneys removed at the time of transplant and was wondering if there is anyone that has gone through this procedure and has any advice?

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  • I had a kidney transplant in 2008 from a live non related donor she is doing great. Our surgeries were also done at mayo it is a great place. My transplant was necessary because of pkd several people in my family have had kidney failure because of pkd. I still have my native kidneys in my case the surgery was easy to get past it was the heavy load of drugs that became an issue after the first few months some drugs were eliminated and others the dosage was reduced since then things have been fine.

    • Thanks for the reply Mike. I have been really impressed with Mayo throughout the process so far and they were really careful in screening my sister to make sure that she would be able to get through the surgery ok. hopefully my surgery will go as easy as yours.

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      • They are actually planning on taking my kidneys out at the time of transplant. They will do a "bilateral nephrectomy" and transplant. The surgeon that will be doing it removed my mom's kidneys in 2009, 10 years after her transplant. He now does the bilataral nephrectomy at the time of transplant if the kidneys are really large, as it is less invasive to do it at the same time rather than perform two surgeries. There are not many surgeons in the country that do this, but my kidneys are really big so I will be happy to make some room for my new kidney.

  • Good Luck..Surgeons will retain the native kidneys in your body itself..they will not remove..

    • Thank you. I will let you all know how things go with the bilateral nephrectomy after it is complete.

  •  Good luck! To sis and yourself.

  • I do not have any experience with kidney transplants, but I wanted to send you my hopes that all will work out as smoothly as possible for both you and your sister throughout the rest of this process. Remember you can always find support here as the community has a lot of caring individuals who have benefited me and others throughout the years. You do not have to go through this alone. That has been a thought that has often comforted me. I wish you the best and will pray for you and your sister.

     Warm regards,

  • Just remember to breathe, every now and then! This can be overwhelming, with all the aspects like, meds, appointments, and the lot. You will survive, learn, stress, and all that goes with this major surgery. Just remember to breathe... Good luck and keep us posted!

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