Benefits of a kidney transplant
A kidney transplant is the best treatment option for many people with long-term kidney disease
- A kidney transplant will lead to a longer, better quality of life for most people who are able to have one
- Most people say they have extra energy and feel more able to cope with everyday activities
- You are more able to work and go on holiday, and your sex life and fertility are likely to improve
- You will have fewer restrictions on what you can eat and drink
Start enjoying life again
Once you have recovered from the operation and clinic visits are less frequent, your life should start getting back to normal. For most patients, your quality of life will improve. You are likely to be able to work, drive, play sports and go on holiday. If you are of childbearing age, you can try for a baby. You can also enjoy a more varied diet.
More energy for work, travel and activities
Most people who have a kidney transplant say they have more energy and feel more able to cope with work and everyday activities. You can go on holiday as travel is easier to arrange, and you can exercise and play most sports.
Fewer restrictions on what you can eat and drink
Most patients on dialysis need to limit how much they drink, and have to avoid certain foods. People who have a kidney transplant have far fewer restrictions on what they can eat and drink than patients on dialysis.
You no longer have to rely on dialysis
Although dialysis is lifesaving, it is very time consuming and can cause issues that shorten life expectancy. A successful working kidney transplant will mean that you no longer need dialysis. Transplant patients usually live longer and have a better quality of life than those who stay on dialysis.
Improved sex life and fertility
Your sex life and fertility are likely to improve. If you are a woman of childbearing age you will usually be able to become pregnant after a transplant, although your transplant team will usually suggest that you wait one year before trying for a baby.