One in ten people in the U.S. suffer from some level of chronic kidney disease, but many don't know they have it. Symptoms, like headaches and sleep loss are rare in the early stages of the disease, which progresses slowly over time. Left untreated, chronic kidney disease will cause the kidneys to fail.
"Most people with end-stage kidney failure are candidates for kidney transplantation," says Sanjay Kulkarni, MD, surgical director of kidney transplantation at Yale New Haven Hospital, and professor of transplant surgery and nephrology at Yale School of Medicine. As a treatment, a kidney transplant offers many benefits over dialysis, including freedom to travel, fewer dietary restrictions and—most importantly—improved survival. Our transplant surgeons have vast experience in performing kidney transplants using organs from deceased donors as well as from living donors.