Kidney Transplant: Before the surgery

Kidney transplant 

Every patient with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) or in other words, Kidney failure needs to go on treatments that would “fill the gaps” in the errant functioning of the unwell kidney or completely replace it with healthy functioning. Dialysis is a way to fill the gaps while a Kidney Transplant is a complete replacement.

In our previous article, we explained the bare basics of a Kidney Transplant.

This article covers an outline of what an average pre-transplant preparation for the patient and the kidney donor may entail.

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Kidney Transplant – Basics


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1. What is Kidney Transplant?

Kidneys are essential for sustaining life. Individuals who end up with very little or almost no kidney function, either due to an incurable disease, birth defect or extensive injury, require a solution to regain/assist with their kidney function. Kidney Transplant is one of the methods to do so.

This involves a surgical procedure of “transferring” a healthy, matched kidney from a willing donor to “implant” it in the belly of the patient requiring the organ. Hence the name, Transplant.

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Infections that cause kidney damage

Infections that cause kidney damage

Infections that damage kidneys

In these times of the COVID-19 pandemic, several realizations came to the fore. One of them was how unaware, a big chunk of our society is, on how several infections irrespective of where they initially start, can cause kidney damage. Something that resulted in the death of many patients with COVID-19 – a respiratory illness.

So we at Team ATK decided to get to work and compile a comprehensive list of all infectious diseases which can potentially cause kidney damage, even if the initial infection starts elsewhere. Continue reading “Infections that cause kidney damage”

Medicines can damage kidneys: Understanding Drug-induced Nephrotoxicity

Medicines damage kidneys

Whatever we eat, drink or inject into our body circulates via blood through our kidneys. This tenet holds true for medicines as well.

All of you know that prescription medicines come with specific dose instructions. These comply with dosing protocols found “safe & effective” after rigorous clinical trials for that drug. The purpose of such fixed dosing is to ensure maximum benefit from the drug & minimize the chances of harmful side effects.

If such medicines are not taken following your healthcare provider’s instructions, or if it is an illegal substance, it can end up harming your kidneys!

Technically, such medicines are termed “Nephrotoxic”.

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This article aims to provide an overview of which drugs can cause nephrotoxicity (kidney damage), when and how, plus how to protect yourself against it.  Continue reading “Medicines can damage kidneys: Understanding Drug-induced Nephrotoxicity”

High Blood Pressure in CKD: Treatment

High blood pressure in Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) requires an intensive treatment plan to effectively slow down progression to kidney failure.

What constitutes the treatment plan? How does it work? Must you take all those pills? How does your medical team devise your BP-lowering battleplan?

Find answers to all these questions and more, in today’s discussion below.

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High Blood Pressure in CKD

High blood pressure is almost always present at the time of diagnosing Chronic Kidney Disease. And as time passes during your CKD journey, controlling your blood pressure becomes an essential part of your treatment plan to delay kidney failure.

But why does your blood pressure rise in chronic kidney disease in the first place?!

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That, and the basics that you must understand about high blood pressure in CKD is what today’s storytelling is about.

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Blood Pressure Essentials

High blood pressure is almost always present at the time of diagnosing Chronic Kidney Disease. And as time passes during your CKD journey, controlling your BP becomes an essential part of your treatment plan to delay kidney failure.

But why do you get high BP in chronic kidney disease in the first place?!

For that let us first take you through all the essential facts that you must grasp about the whole concept of Blood Pressure.

Knowing this will help you master your understanding of what goes wrong with your BP regulation systems and to what extent, when CKD hits.

So, let’s begin then, shall we? 

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Dry Weight in Dialysis

Dry weight

Dialysis is a key treatment approach in patients with advanced chronic kidney disease. As we explained in this comprehensive Dialysis Guide before, Dialysis is a method to “partially” assist unwell kidneys with their overall blood-balancing activities. It does so by removing excess fluid and clearing out metabolic waste build-up in the blood alongside unwell kidneys that are unable to do so by themselves.

But how do your medical teams estimate how much fluid you must lose for an effective Dialysis session without causing you any harm?

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That and the whole clinical effort to help you achieve your Dry Weight is what today’s storytelling is about.

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Vaccines & Kidney Patients: A Comprehensive Guide

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Vaccines are necessary to boost our immune power to effectively ward-off specific infections. They form a crucial part of medically preparing all patients of Chronic Kidney Disease for a kidney transplant surgery as well.

However, patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), those with Kidney Failure on Dialysis or Kidney Transplant recipients have a weaker immune system. Since vaccines are basically made of weakened germs or its parts, vaccinating this subset of patients requires caution and clinical supervision.

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3 Must-have tools for a “Low Sodium” Renal Diet

Low Sodium Kidney Friendly Cooking tools

Restricting your daily intake of Sodium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Protein & Fat in your food is the cornerstone of a Renal Diet Plan. Renal Dietitians are trained to help kidney patients identify which nutrients to restrict or increase in their daily diets, and by how much, based on our individual kidney health status. This means you will need to adjust your food & condiment portions to remain within your daily nutrient allowance. So how do you go about it? Continue reading “3 Must-have tools for a “Low Sodium” Renal Diet”