Patients who suffer from kidney failure often need a kidney transplant to survive. End-stage kidney failure can be caused by diabetes, chronic inflammation of the kidneys or chronic high blood pressure. Although kidney failure can sometimes be managed with mediations and dietary changes, surgery is the most effective option when the kidneys can no longer adequately filter the blood. The success rate for the surgery is relatively high, and the vast majority of patients survive at least five years following the surgery.
Waiting times for kidneys can be very long, and many patients do not have time to wait before they succumb to kidney failure. Medical tourism can save the life of patients with kidney failure because it gives them more options and can result in a much faster transplant.