This is my first time posting and I'm pretty new to kidney failure altogether, so go easy on me, please.
It was recently discovered that my husband is in stage 5 renal failure; he is 34 years old. As of now, we do not know the cause, just that his kidneys are so atrophied that they were hard to find on an ultrasound and his creatinine levels are over 6. He's been told by his nephrologist that he is a good candidate for PD and we hope to have him off the transplant list within four years. Up until now, while this has been devastating for both of us, we've been very hopeful that his life will go back to normal after a transplant. This is, of course, assuming all goes well and his body takes to the new kidney.
While doing research into kidney transplants, I learned the unfortunately news that kidney transplants are only expected to last 10, maybe 15, years. That was upsetting, but I read further (this was on DaVita) that after the transplant fails, persons with CKD typically go back on dialysis and many wait for a second transplant. Unfortunately, I then read on http://www.bidmc.org that patients on dialysis typically have a life span of only 5 years. I feel like I've been naive and uninformed up until this time; I really thought that dialysis could sustain a life without kidneys indefinitely.
My questions are: is this information accurate? Is it possible that I may only have 5 years left with my husband (barring sudden death by other unforeseeable causes)? Also, if he does receive a transplant and it fails by the time he's 44 years old, will he be able to start over with dialysis or will the years he spends on it now count against those he last left the second time around?
I will post this under transplants as well as it has to do with dialysis and transplants at the same time.
This is the website that says dialysis only extends a life by about 5 years: http://www.bidmc.org/Centers-and-Dep...-Dialysis.aspx