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Most people are born with two kidneys. They are bean-shaped organs located in the middle of the back, on either side of the spine. Each kidney weighs about five ounces and is about the size of a fist. One kidney, functioning at 20% capacity, can:
- Clean your blood and remove waste products through the formation of urine
- Balance fluids in the body by controlling water and salt concentrations
- Maintain the balance of the body's chemicals (potassium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus)
- Control blood pressure
Many diseases, like diabetes and high blood pressure, can cause your kidneys to malfunction, and may lead to kidney disease or failure.
Kidney transplant quality and results
- More than 10,000 kidney transplants are performed each year.
- 95% of people who have kidney transplants are alive after one year, compared with a 90% survival rate after the first year of dialysis.
- If a transplanted kidney is given by a living donor, the transplantation success rate is higher than if the kidney came from a deceased person. The survival of the transplanted kidney itself is 75% to 85% at one year when it is from a deceased, unrelated donor, as compared to over 90% when the kidney is donated by a living person.
D-H Transplantation Surgery outcome data
The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) publishes detailed statistics about the results experienced by Dartmouth-Hitchock transplantation patients.
Learn more about kidney disorders and transplantation
Follow the links below to read articles in our Dartmouth-Hitchcock Healthwise® Health Encyclopedia. Learn more about Healthwise® on our Health Encyclopedia page.
- Kidney transplant
- Acute kidney injury (acute renal failure)
- Chronic kidney disease
- Peritoneal dialysis
- Transplant rejection
Organ transplant support organizations
Questions and answers about kidney disorders and transplantation
- How safe is transplantation surgery?
- How might my diet impact my health?
- If I suffer from kidney failure, should I start dialysis?
- Is a kidney transplant right for me?
- If I receive a transplant, will I need to take antirejection medicines?
- How effective are kidney transplants?
- What is the typical transplantation process at D-H?
- What medical tests are performed in connection with a kidney transplantation?
- What do I need to do after I am referred to D-H Transplantation Surgery?
- What is kidney surgery like at D-H?
- What can I expect after I receive kidney transplant?
Page reviewed on: Oct 30, 2018
Page reviewed by: Michael F. Daily, MD, MS, FACS
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