- The recipient can lead a normal life.
- It is cheaper per year than dialysis.
- You do not have to be as careful with food.
- The new kidney might be rejected by your body.
- There might not be a new kidney available at the time.
- You might need to be on medication every day for the rest of your life.
- You have more of a risk of catching diseases because, to prevent rejection, some patients are given tablets called immunosupressants which lower your immune system to reduce risk of rejection.
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- It is more widely available than transplants.
- There is no risk of rejection.
- Larger risk of infection to the actual kidney.
- It takes several hourly appointments a week which means you have to plan your life around it.
- You are hooked up to a machine which means that if you wanted to go on holiday you would need to stay somewhere where there were dialysis clinics.
- It doesn't cure the problem so you will be on dialysis the whole of your life.
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