Lean more about Kidney Transplant below.
A kidney transplant allows a person whose own kidneys have failed to receive a new kidney from another person. A successful kidney transplant can improve many of the complications of kidney failure.
A kidney may come from living donors or from individuals who have died (deceased donors). A living donor may be someone in your immediate or extended family, or it may be your spouse or a close friend. In some cases, a living donor may even be a stranger who wishes to donate a kidney to someone in need of a transplant. A deceased donor is someone who has consented to donate his or her organs upon death. In situations where the wishes of the deceased donor are not known, family members may consent to organ donation (N.K.Foundation,2009).
You Can find a transplant program by state or region using the website of The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (www.optn.org/members/search.asp). You may also ask your doctor about the transplant process. He or She can refer you to a transplant center for evaluation (N.K.Foundation,2009).
A number of factors affect the success of kidney transplantation. Generally, the chances that a transplanted kidney will continue to work correctly are between 89-95 percent one year after the operation (N.K.Foundation,2009)
Sometimes. It may be possible for a patient with type 1 diabetes to receive a pancreas transplant along with a kidney transplant. Your doctor can advise you about this possibility (N.K.Foundation,2009).
Medicare Part B will cover 80 percent of the cost of your antirejection medication. You will need to apply for Medicare Part B and also need a supplemental or secondary insurance policy. For medicines, Medicare Part D (prescriptions and Drug Plan benefits) can help. The financial counselor or social worker at your transplant center will be available to answer questions about coverage options(N.K.Foundation,2009).
Private or commercial health insurance policy, please contact your insurance company customer service or transplant coordinator, to obtain more information.
The living donor should have no financial responsibility for the surgical cost of kidney donation. The living donor evaluation and surgery are covered by Medicare or recipient’s insurance. However, he or she is not covered for time off from work, travel, lodging expenses, and incidental expenses. Travel and lodging cost may be covered by the recipient, or the National Living Donor Assistance Program(www.livingdonorassistance.org),(N.K.Foundation,2009).