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LIFE WITH ONE KIDNEY

…Can be perfectly normal!

Most people have two kidneys.

Some people have only one kidney.

Some people have more than two!!!

 

This may be because:

  • They are born with only one kidney
  • They have had one kidney removed because of disease or an accident
  • They have donated one of their healthy kidneys to a family member
  • People can live perfectly normal lives with only one kidney

 

If this were not so, surgeons would never agree to take a kidney from a healthy person to transplant into a relative. Many people donate a kidney to a relative and live normal lives afterwards.

Even though one kidney works as well as two, it may be wise to be a bit careful to protect the remaining one.

 

Lifestyle changes

  • Cut down on alcohol intake
  • Cut down smoking or give up altogether
  • Increase exercise
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Increase your fluid intake – drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day
  • Avoid heavy lifting, labouring, and contact sports for six weeks after surgery

 

Regular monitoring of your health

  • Regular visits to your doctor
  • Monitoring of blood pressure
  • Blood tests

If your doctor has not told you about this, you should ask.

 

See your family doctor promptly if:

  • You have pain or aching in your side
  • You have fever, chills, or shivering
  • There is blood in your urine
  • You have pain or difficulty passing urine
  • Your urine is cloudy or has an offensive odour
  • If you develop any problems or have any worries, your family doctor is the person to see. Never be afraid to ask questions!

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