Do my own kidneys have to be removed?

For patients receiving a kidney, the existing kidneys (also called native kidneys) are usually left in place. They are near the back of your abdomen and are not removed unless it is absolutely necessary. If your doctors decide that removing a native kidney is necessary, they will discuss the reason with you. When you receive a kidney, it is placed in your pelvis. The blood supply is connected from your regular kidney arteries and the bladder is reattached.

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