The kidneys are bean-shaped organs located on either side of the body. It is below the rib cage and each one is about the size of a fist. The kidneys play an important role in the body. It filters the blood and removes waste, excess minerals and fluid from the blood. The filtered byproduct is then converted into urine which will then be excreted from the body.
However, when the kidneys no longer filter the blood, there will be a buildup of fluid and waste in the body. When this occurs, your blood pressure will rise and will result in kidney failure or also called end-stage renal disease and end-stage kidney disease. It is called end-stage renal disease when the kidneys have lost 90 percent of their ability to function normally.
The following conditions cause end-stage renal disease, but are not limited to:
- Chronic and uncontrolled hypertension
- Scarring within the tinny filters of the kidneys or chronic glomerulonephritis
- Polycystic kidney disease
Kidney transplantation is a surgical procedure where it involves the transfer of healthy kidney from a live or deceased donor into a person whose kidneys no longer functions. There are several types of kidney transplantation: the deceased-donor kidney transplant, living-donor transplant, pre-emptive kidney transplant.
Deceased-donor kidney transplant
As the name suggests, the kidney is removed from someone who recently died and placed in a recipient whose kidneys have failed.
In this type the donor is alive and only one kidney is removed and then transferred to a recipient. One kidney can replace two failed kidneys, which is an alternative if a deceased-donor kidney transplant is not available.
Pre-emptive kidney transplant
A pre-emptive kidney transplant is done before the kidney function deteriorates before requiring dialysis. It is also the preferred treatment for end-stage kidney disease and done about 20 percent in the U.S.
If you think you are suffering from Kidney Transplant you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Kidney Transplant as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).