What a Kidney Transplant Looks Like

See what a typical kidney transplant procedure looks like.

Watch this video on what happens in the body during a kidney transplant. Here's what typically happens during a transplant:

· When a patient needs a kidney transplant, the old diseased and nonfunctioning kidneys are typically left in place.


· The donated kidney is often placed in the lower abdomen.

· In the lower abdomen, the donor’s arteries and veins can easily be connected to the recipient’s blood vessels.

· In order for the new kidney to function, both the arteries and veins need to be connected, and so does the ureter, the tube that connects the donor’s kidney to the recipient’s bladder. This is the tube through which urine flows out of the kidney into the bladder.

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