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Kidney Patient Education

The kidneys are located on either side of the spine near your waistline. They are about the size of your fist and are bean-shaped.

Your kidneys remove waste products, regulate total body fluid, strengthen bones, contribute to red blood cell health and control minerals, such as potassium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous in your blood.

When disease damages kidneys over a period of time, kidney failure can result. Kidney failure is treated by dialysis, a life-long series of prolonged treatments. A successful transplant would allow you to stop needing dialysis or avoid dialysis altogether.

Common Causes of Kidney Failure:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Chronic inflammation in the kidney (glomerulonephritis)
  • Polycystic kidney disease
  • Recurrent infections
  • Chronic obstruction - blockage of the flow of urine

Signs of Kidney Disease

  • Fluid retention
  • Shortness of breath
  • Mental confusion
  • Abnormal blood or urine test results
  • Headache
  • High blood pressure
  • Fatigue

Post Transplant


For more in-depth information about kidney transplantation, please refer to our Kidney Education Guide, or talk to our team about attending one of our Transplant Classes.

Call us at 210-567-5777 or toll free 1-888-336-9633 for more information.