…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.
- 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!