today i learned – thurs 15th june 2017

if you’ve been here before, then you’ll probably notice that the blog has had a bit of a spruce 😬 doesn’t it look epic?! 😍 i think this theme makes a bit more sense … easier to navigate 👍🏻 let me know what you think! 

anyway, getting straight into it today … need sleep. feel ill 😷. (possibly because i used the word ‘lush’ today. 

#tdil that when you have a kidney transplant, they don’t remove the old kidney 🤔. 

i’ll be honest, this one threw me a little bit; i always thought that the point of a transplant was to get rid of the offending item and swap it with a shiny new one?! i mean, if you don’t remove it then where does the new one go? 😮

never fear, i have the answer 😏 it turns out that your kidneys are in a really hard place for surgeons to get to – they’re well protected and surrounded by things like the adrenal glands. 

now, you don’t really want to risk damaging those important things and you don’t really want to put a patient (i had originally written ‘customer’ there 😂) through unnecessary surgery. as such, they don’t bother getting rid of it (unless the kidney is an issue due to something like a rumour or repeated infections).

but where do they put the new kidney? they place it in the ‘iliac fossa’ … which is apparently in the pelvic area (my medical knowledge from scrubs didn’t cover this). the new kidney is then wired up to a different set of blood vessels to the native ones.

the old kidney will then just chill in the person’s body, get smaller and sit dormant. it’ll remain there forever unless it causes any issues … like those pesky infections again. 

ta daaaaaaaaaa 👐🏻 you’re now cleverer than you were 5/10 minutes ago! this one was quite interesting … i’m enjoying these medical type facts at the moment 😬 i hope that you are also! 

by the way! if you guys have any requests you’d like to know about or know of some interesting tid bits that i could learn … drop me a comment yo! 😏

time for sleep now 😘 

cya l8rs 🔥 #tdil


did you enjoy this little medical fact? want to learn some more stuff about things? you simply need to go –>here<– to see all the other posts that i have! 🙃


(i’ll be honest, i struggled to find any free-to-use images of kidneys … instead, i’ve settled for some kidney beans 😂 fun times)

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