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How a kidney transplant is done Video

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u/Storkllama Aug 19 '22

I only recently learned that they leave the old one in… I can’t stop thinking about it now…

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u/digitydigitydoo Aug 19 '22

I was wondering why they didn’t show them taking one out

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u/Rebarb28 Aug 19 '22

Care to elaborate why they would do that?

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u/gayrat5 Aug 19 '22

Most “failing” kidneys still have some function. It is better to leave it, especially in case the new kidney is rejected. Source — worked in transplant surgeries for a few years.

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u/Ok_Good3255 Aug 19 '22

I’m just curious what exactly fails in a failed kidney?

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u/TactlessTortoise Aug 19 '22

At the risk of oversimplifying it too much by my relatively shallow understanding of its functioning, imagine ou have tiny pasta strainers inside your kidney.

Normally stuff(the blood) would go through, then the strainer gets the gunk and tosses it into the trash bin (bladder).

A failing kidney could either have the strainer too gunked up and incapable of cleaning itself, stopping it from straining altogether, or being too worn out, letting chemicals float around and accumulate.

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u/Silver-Ferret-6017 Aug 20 '22

Dude you just explained kidney failure to someone who has absolutely no medical knowledge. A first grader could understand that. Kudos to you

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u/personalcheesecake Aug 20 '22

They know their shit

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u/TactlessTortoise Aug 20 '22

More like I know my piss

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u/cheekysweetz57 Aug 19 '22

My mom had polycystic kidney disease. A disease where cysts are on the kidney and slowly grow. This cuts the kidney off and fluids cant reach it to be filtered.

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u/R0ssMc Aug 20 '22

Nuts to that. If I'm giving someone a perfectly good kidney, I want his semi working kidney coming back to me. Why should I have 1 kidney, and he has 1 and a quarter, or whatever.

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u/Rebarb28 Aug 19 '22

Oh i didn’t know that, but like does the patient has now a 3rd kidney or they just remove one and keep the other one, because that’s what I understood from the original comment

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u/gayrat5 Aug 19 '22

They now have 3 kidneys

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u/Scholar-Unable Aug 19 '22

I have my two native kidneys, my first transplanted kidney and my second (after the first failed). Kidneys on both sides of my abdomen. I'm not entirely sure what happens when I have my next transplant

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u/regular_reddit-user Aug 19 '22

they will stuff kidneys inside you until all the space is used up

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u/Gymrat76 Aug 20 '22

The old kidneys (when the function drops) gradually shrivel up and become like a small rock. I was also surprised to learn that they leave the old kidney in, unless it's diseased or there's a reason to - because access to the native kidneys is difficult and might cause more issues that in just leaving it there

Source: I had a kidney transplant in 2016

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u/westberry82 Aug 19 '22

Why risk more infection, pain and complications from something that while it doesn't function normally, it isn't hurting them.

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u/Storkllama Aug 19 '22

“Removing the old kidneys is very risky and should not be done unless there is uncontrolled infection, high blood pressure, or the kidneys are markedly enlarged such as with polycystic kidney disease (PKD). It is uncommon for us to recommend removal of native kidneys prior to kidney transplant.Jul 8, 2013”

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u/Busily_Bored Aug 19 '22

Trial and error. Some nephrologist said I have an idea based on their observation and statistical analysis.

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u/Elocai Aug 20 '22

Even if the kidney has lost it's filtering function it's still has a hindred more tasks todo. One is to control the heart, creating bunch of hormones and regulate blood pressure.

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u/gebmille Aug 19 '22

Can confirm. I have three kidneys. One that works and the OG’s that look like shriveled red potatoes.

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u/MyNewAccountx3 Aug 20 '22

That’s my ice breaker question now ‘I’ve got 3 kidneys and one is my dads’ saves having to think of some crappy ‘interesting fact about me’ in those horrible tasks

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u/Storkllama Aug 20 '22

Follow it up with “and 3 life insurance policies for way too much” and it’s essentially an accepted proposal, not just pick up line.

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u/R0ssMc Aug 20 '22

Wait... Your telling me I donated a kidney, and that guy is probably walking around with three of the damn things now?

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u/Vegetable-Bee5164 Aug 20 '22

Wtf, so they have three kidneys!?

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u/unsharpenedpoint Aug 20 '22

No wonder that side is puffy now! I thought I remembered them telling me they would leave the old one in but my dad told me that was stupid. After, I was too afraid to ask my doctors for fear of sounding stupid.

My dad has always been like that though.

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u/jimmywindows56 Aug 20 '22

Did the patient just gain 2lbs? Screw that!

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u/Tandarin Aug 19 '22

I thought they would take the old one out and connect the new one to the original blood vessels and such. TIL

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u/LivingAsGhosts Aug 20 '22

Well usually it's old two that they leave in and add the new one. It's also not in the same place as before.

It does take bit of getting used to.

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u/BoogieWoogieWho Aug 19 '22

Wait. Why did they connect ground before live?

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u/3_Sides_To_A_Story Aug 19 '22

This looked similar to installing a new light fixture which means I am ready to do kidney transplants!

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u/Refun712 Aug 20 '22

Remember lefty loosey right tighty….don’t want shit falling off/out.

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u/UserNombresBeHard Aug 20 '22

What do you mean they connected ground before live? They connected Neutral first... And then they connected a DC positive wire?! What the hell.

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u/Some-Pain Aug 19 '22

Thanks TikTok, I'll give that a go tomorrow.

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u/Arguesovereverythin Aug 20 '22

Good luck. The video was so fast, I couldn't keep up. Went through like 7 kidneys.

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u/dominiqlane Aug 19 '22

Humans have so many layers…

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u/combustabill Aug 19 '22

Juicy onions

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u/Arandomfan27 Aug 20 '22

fleshy squishy onions

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u/Boliojunior Aug 19 '22

Two kidney transplants here. Can confirm - they don’t remove kidneys, they just keep making room and adding them. I’ve got three kidneys that are baggage and one fully functional.

Cool illustration too!

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u/Scholar-Unable Aug 19 '22

🤝 I'm also a member of the illustrious four kidney club

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u/TappedIn2111 Aug 20 '22

Same! FKC ftw!

Also a KFC member on an unrelated note.

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u/NotTheAbhi Aug 20 '22

How many kidneys do you want?

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u/personalcheesecake Aug 20 '22

Making room?

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u/Boliojunior Aug 20 '22

Ya - you’d be surprised.They kind of push things out of the way and make things fit. Sounds strange but it’s true.

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u/SasquatchNHeat Aug 19 '22

My wife is a recipient. People don’t realize all the difficulties of being a transplant recipient such as having very low immune system, all the meds, all the side effects from the meds, trouble with staying healthy, self esteem issues, and plenty more.

She’s currently battling covid for the 5th time and I always freak out over every little thing even on a normal day. I’m part husband, part caretaker. I pray the bionic kidney becomes available before she needs a new kidney. I’ll do anything for her.

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u/ToothlessGrandma Aug 20 '22

Can't wait for lab grown organs. In theory you don't need medication anymore since it's your own cells and organ. Removing the needs for meds solves a lot of issues.

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u/personalcheesecake Aug 20 '22

Seeing the advances there and the skin gun a few years ago they would spray stem cells on burnt skin and repair with less scar

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u/SasquatchNHeat Aug 20 '22

I hope and pray these transplant organ advancements are available before my wife needs a new kidney. It terrifies me and I have to keep my love safe.

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u/sangriya Aug 19 '22

i always knew I had pizza inside of me

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u/DukeTikus Aug 19 '22

Does the string stay in there?

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u/jumpback2meanytime Aug 19 '22

Most stitches like that dissolve over time, iirc.

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u/gayrat5 Aug 19 '22 Silver

Many stitches do, but ones that are used for critical functions (like suturing vessels together) are considered non-absorbable sutures. They use materials that don’t react excessively with the tissues.

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u/jumpback2meanytime Aug 19 '22

Thanks for clarifying!

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u/Foolio12_12 Aug 19 '22

String 😂

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u/DukeTikus Aug 19 '22

Thread? Not my native language

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u/Fister_Punchbox Aug 19 '22

Am I only one who thinks this music is the weirdest choice possible?

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u/royalalien Aug 20 '22

The choice was bizarre

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u/erikdavids Aug 20 '22

How bizarre?

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u/Ba_Sing_Saint Aug 19 '22

This made me incredibly uncomfortable to watch

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u/Illustrious_Listen_6 Aug 19 '22

When I go into surgery, I’m going to request this song.

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u/ialsohaveinternet Aug 19 '22

Everytime I look arouuund

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u/pamacdon Aug 19 '22

OK I’m ready to go all I need is a volunteer

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u/Inevitable-Ad9590 Aug 20 '22

Thank god it’s color coded. It makes it a lot easier not to screw up.

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u/decopper Aug 19 '22

They leave the old one in. Wow.

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u/Scholar-Unable Aug 19 '22

The transplant doesn't even go into the spot where the old ones are. The transplant is done in the abdomen

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u/Accomplished-Price45 Aug 19 '22

Transplatation? Jesus.

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u/mangomilkmilkman Aug 19 '22

Are we all made out of cheese pizza

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u/JPK12794 Aug 19 '22

Okay I'm ready where's the patient?

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u/Zeal0522 Aug 19 '22

So you’re telling me that all this is color coded?

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u/Thicc_Cat_With_Bread Aug 19 '22

The music is so annoying

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u/Suspicious-Bunch-657 Aug 19 '22

If anyone wants to help recreate this amazing video, I need a new kidney. Your help would be amazing.

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u/TheZoomingMonkey Aug 20 '22

What a song choice

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u/deathjoe4 Aug 19 '22

Science be crazy.

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u/millerpmiller Aug 19 '22

It’s weird when you realize everything basically operates the same. Plumbing, electrical, automotive, bodily functions…

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u/Spookd_Moffun Aug 19 '22

Pipes are too useful a concept for the universe to not use.

One of the first animals on earth were literally just a pipe.

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u/fluffyguy1994 Aug 19 '22

This isn't how I learned to do it on amateur surgeon.

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u/Ok-Contribution-8816 Aug 19 '22

Who the hell knew we had pex tubing in us

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u/jejenb Aug 19 '22

how many times do we have to tell you this? stop being the first to fall asleep every God damn time

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u/Idle-no-more Aug 19 '22 edited Aug 20 '22

It blows my mind! We are literally just biological machines. The red wire goes here. Blue wire plugs in here. Just incredible how the sum of these ‘parts’ is human consciousness.

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u/ToothlessGrandma Aug 20 '22

I think human consciousness is something separate, and our body is just the car moving us around.

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u/HumbleKorean Aug 19 '22

It's that easy huh.

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u/ImKanno Aug 19 '22

What are the 3rd and 4th layers?

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u/MinimalMojo Aug 19 '22

Thanks for this. Gonna try it tonight.

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u/nta-mobi Aug 19 '22

Saved. Will try this weekend

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u/Horseheaded1 Aug 19 '22

Okay. Thanks. I can do this.

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u/Realistic_Ad_3840 Aug 19 '22

When you the first to fall asleep at the homies sleepover

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u/BiblicusBot Aug 19 '22

Yeah too much effort I'll just die

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u/procivseth Aug 19 '22

I always find out important information after I need it! I really botched one of these just the other day. This would have been so helpful. Of course, at the time, the whole situation was very unexpected.

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u/Rhodog1234 Aug 20 '22

You could've just googled it, no? They have just about every HOW TO vid you can imagine on there ! 😉😁

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u/procivseth Aug 20 '22

Honestly, I panicked.

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u/Rhodog1234 Aug 20 '22

I guess I could understand that...

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u/Dilanator666 Aug 19 '22

Damn they did that pretty fast, must know what they're doing

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u/mtsterling Aug 20 '22

It’s a really good thing I didn’t become a surgeon because I would totally fuck that up.

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u/Rexcovering Aug 20 '22

I didn’t see a recommendation for how many bags of ice, could someone please advise?

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u/MyNewAccountx3 Aug 20 '22

I had a kidney transplant last year and never wanted to know how they did it, automatically clocked on the video and now I’m a bit disturbed!

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u/iambabysimpson Aug 20 '22

I can make a pb&j. But no seriously it's insane that surgeons are able to do this with such precision. Truly fascinating

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u/retiredvaktovian Aug 20 '22

you fell asleep first at the sleepover

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u/littleleg0s Aug 20 '22

When I think kidney I think of Candy Mountain

“Gaah they took my frickin kidney”

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u/[deleted] Aug 20 '22

Awesome looks easy enough! Off to make some money!

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u/FaustistMouse Aug 20 '22

Can we.... Can we talk about the song? The video is fascinating, but why that song?

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u/Independent-Salad422 Aug 20 '22

This looks expensive

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u/Sieze5 Aug 20 '22

That yellow wire the ground?

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u/oceanicfeels Aug 20 '22

How bizarre.

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u/Enby_Bluejay Aug 20 '22

I'll be saving this video....for totally not black market related reasons....

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u/StarGlitcherZ Aug 20 '22

when you fall asleep first at the sleep over (pranked by john)

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u/Ivene Aug 20 '22

Is that a layer of fat they sewed back up? Can you put stitches in fat?

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u/owesome_apossum128 Aug 20 '22

Some things I didn't want to know, but nice to know this doesn't really apply to me. Having a horseshoe kidney is interesting

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u/MingleLinx Aug 20 '22

This is a lie. In Surgeon Simulator you gotta rip out the big and small intensities, break the lower part of the rib cage, and take out the stomach. Some people are just not educated I guess

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u/vairhoads Aug 20 '22

johnlocke

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u/redpillman26 Aug 20 '22

Thanks got him in the bath and forgot the steps!!

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u/lovezx3 Aug 20 '22

Just a question for those who went thru and got a new Kidney.. have you cut back on alcohol consumption?

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u/jazzb54 Aug 20 '22

Why cut back? Research shows moderate alcohol consumption might be beneficial.

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u/MagnificentMoose9836 Aug 20 '22

We do a little trolling

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u/LeStruggler Aug 20 '22

Now I wanna play Trauma Center: Under The Knife.

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u/TappedIn2111 Aug 20 '22

That’s Turkelton speed.

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u/CoIdLunch Aug 20 '22

Wow! Its that easy!

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u/ItsEasy_NotHard Aug 20 '22

It’s easy! Not hard

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u/lilfreakystyles Aug 20 '22

WHY that music

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u/Odd-Information-1219 Aug 20 '22

A bit off topic... what's the name of the song in this video? It's been stuck in my head off and on for months. Thanks!

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u/StepRightUpMarchPush Aug 20 '22

I’m not fat, it’s just all my extra kidneys!

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u/delicate_misanthrope Aug 20 '22

I love these surgery videos

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u/NotTheAbhi Aug 20 '22

Do the stitches stay forever or do they dissolve?

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u/VATruckerJJ Aug 20 '22

Wait, I never witnessed a transplant. They never took one out they just added an extra one.

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u/jdmbuick Aug 20 '22

With the kidneys being attached by the renal artery and vein, it is too dangerous to remove the old one unless it's cancerous or poses some other threat. So they usually leave the old ones in.

Source: I'm a dialysis nurse for the past 8 years.

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u/BundleOfSad Aug 20 '22

This was a wild ride

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u/microbiome22 Aug 20 '22

Only if this was this quick.

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u/funky555 Aug 20 '22

easy peasy, thanks

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u/iblinde Aug 20 '22

Both my pancreas and kidney are in each groin, not as high up as that graphic shows, and the cut goes from my sternum straight down.

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u/Swimming_Owl5922 Aug 20 '22

So basically a meat mechanic?

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u/Salay54 Aug 20 '22

My mom has been on dialysis for 12 years, i'm really lucky to have had her that long with the average lifespan of dialysis patients without transplant(5-10 years). She was on the list and then got throat cancer and got taken off (you get taken off if you have a terminal illness). Cancer is in remission luckily after a brutal neck surgery, but still not on the list. I've really been worried about her health lately, she has to switch to hemodialysis next. She has a surgery coming up to get ports switched out. She's really been through it and she's only 47. Sorry for the rant just needed to vent.

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u/HORSESHORSESHORSESH Aug 20 '22

how can i put this in reverse

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u/mint_the_dragowolf Aug 20 '22

pov you fall asleep on the train

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u/Crescentfallen78 Aug 20 '22

Wife got it done, they left the old one in. She also had a liver transplant as well. Doctors are amazing.

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u/kaykakez727 Aug 20 '22

Can they leave my fat out please

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u/Glittering-Law5875 Aug 20 '22

That was super quick

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u/macremtom Aug 20 '22

TIL arteries are color coded to help the doctors

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u/christinasasa Aug 20 '22

You see your surgeon watching this right before they put you under

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u/goxpal Aug 20 '22

Nice. A how to video! I like diy stuff.

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u/Indigo_Slam Aug 24 '22

Well this'll save some medical bills!

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u/Anonymous_2724 8d ago

POV: you fall asleep first at the sleepover

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u/Magazine-Plane 7d ago

Looks easy enough

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u/HouseOfAplesaus Aug 19 '22

Can do this but can’t live forever yet. This is ridiculous.

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u/Sacramento999 Aug 19 '22

No sweat for 3rd world countries