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Why do people get dialysis if kidney transplants are better?

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Mainly, because there are many more people in need of kidneys than there are donors. Many people go on dialysis because they need to. They have no other choice while they’re on a waiting list for a donor kidney. And for them, dialysis is a lifesaver.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Kidney Transplant,” “Choosing a Treatment for Kidney Failure.”

National Kidney Foundation: “Kidney Transplant,” “Dialysis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Kidney Transplant.”

Cleveland Clinic: “4 Facts You Need to Know about Kidney Transplants and Dialysis.”

UpToDate: “Patient Education: Dialysis or Kidney Transplantation -- Which Is Right for Me? (Beyond the Basics).”

Piedmont Healthcare: “The Benefits and Risks of Kidney Transplant Versus Dialysis.”

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: “The Benefits of Transplant Versus Dialysis.”

Johns Hopkins: “Kidney Transplant.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on November 12, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Kidney Transplant,” “Choosing a Treatment for Kidney Failure.”

National Kidney Foundation: “Kidney Transplant,” “Dialysis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Kidney Transplant.”

Cleveland Clinic: “4 Facts You Need to Know about Kidney Transplants and Dialysis.”

UpToDate: “Patient Education: Dialysis or Kidney Transplantation -- Which Is Right for Me? (Beyond the Basics).”

Piedmont Healthcare: “The Benefits and Risks of Kidney Transplant Versus Dialysis.”

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: “The Benefits of Transplant Versus Dialysis.”

Johns Hopkins: “Kidney Transplant.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on November 12, 2018

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