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When you have a kidney transplant, you usually end up with 3 kidneys. Unless the faulty kidney is actively causing problems, doctors avoid complications by leaving it there, and the new kidney is placed in the lower abdomen.

When you have a kidney transplant, you usually end up with 3 kidneys. Unless the faulty kidney is actively causing problems, doctors avoid complications by leaving it there, and the new kidney is placed in the lower abdomen.

A kidney transplant is a surgery done to replace a diseased kidney with a healthy kidney from a donor. The kidney may come from a deceased organ donor or from a living donor. Family members or others who are a good match may be able to donate one of their kidneys. This type of transplant is called a living transplant. People who donate a kidney can live healthy lives with one healthy kidney.

A person getting a transplant most often gets just 1 kidney. In rare situations, he or she may get 2 kidneys from a deceased donor. The diseased kidneys are usually left in place. The transplanted kidney is placed in the lower belly on the front side of the body.


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