Medical Q&As

Kidney removed - health implications?

I am a 22 year old man and had one of my kidneys removed when I was 7 years old. I was just wondering is there anything I should still be watching out for. I have never had any problems since.

There are many people who only have one kidney from birth and are completely unaware of that fact. Assuming that the solitary kidney is functioning normally a person can live a full and unrestricted life. A person with one kidney can work, play and enjoy life just as if they had two kidneys. In your specific case it would be useful to know why the kidney was removed. Was it removed as a result of an accident or was it diseased? That information might slightly modify the broad trust of the positive message I am giving you. There is some evidence that people with one kidney might be at slightly increased risk of developing hypertension however, in general terms having only one kidney is perfectly compatible with a healthy life with no impact on life expectancy.