The time to do a kidney transplant is when your kidneys are beginning to fail. Don't wait until they no longer function. As soon as you have to start dialysis, your life span is reduced compared to the person who has a kidney transplant early on, before the need for dialysis.
The signs that your kidneys have reached the stage where transplantation is essential are
1 Elevation of the serum creatinine (this blood test reflects the current level of kidney function; as kidneys fail, blood creatinine rises)
Your doctor evaluates you and determines when the signs and symptoms have reached the point that you need to see a kidney specialist about a transplant.
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