Lifestyle key to good kid­ney health


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

SOUTH­EAST­ERN SUB­URBS KID­NEY spe­cial­ist He­mant Kulka­rni says in an ideal world any sta­ble pa­tient with kid­ney fail­ure would have the op­tion of a trans­plant and not have to go on dial­y­sis.

“Dial­y­sis is the equiv­a­lent of only about 8-10 per cent of the nor­mal kid­ney func­tion,” he said.

“You can never repli­cate the nor­mal kid­ney func­tion, even with the best form of dial­y­sis.

“That is why we want to pre­vent peo­ple from go­ing on dial­y­sis in the first place.

“Dial­y­sis op­tions are also quite ex­pen­sive at a cost of be­tween $45,000 to $90,000 per pa­tient, per year and there are about 58 pa­tients in the Ar­madale hae­modial­y­sis unit, plus about 20-30 peo­ple on home dial­y­sis in the sur­round­ing area.”

Dr Kulka­rni said once a trans­plant took place, the new kid­ney would, al­most al­ways, start to func­tion as a nor­mal healthy kid­ney.

“The pa­tients no longer need dial­y­sis, their sur­vival is sig­nif­i­cantly im­proved, the cost to the health sys­tem is sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced.

“They can go back to work and are no longer at­tached to the hos­pi­tal.

“Med­i­ca­tion and fol­low-up ap­point­ments en­sure the trans­planted kid­ney sur­vives the long­est pos­si­ble time and we ex­pect the per­son to be back to full health as if they didn’t have a kid­ney prob­lem.”

Dr Kulka­rni said we are es­sen­tially born with a spare kid­ney and donors live nor­mal lives with one kid­ney. Kid­ney trans­plant surgery is also low risk as it is one of the old­est forms of or­gan trans­plant.

The sur­vival rate for both the kid­ney and re­cip­i­ent af­ter the first year

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