Following your kidney transplant surgery , our world-class team members will continue to provide you with highly specialized care and personalized guidance on your journey to better health. After your surgery, you can expect to:
- Spend a few days to a week in the hospital. Doctors and nurses will monitor your condition in the hospital's transplant recovery area to watch for signs of complications. Your new kidney will make urine like your own kidneys did when they were healthy. This often starts immediately. In other cases, it may take several days. Expect soreness or pain around the incision site while you are healing.
- Have frequent checkups as you continue recovering. After you leave the hospital, close monitoring is necessary for a few months. Your transplant team will develop a checkup schedule for you. During this time, if you live in another town, you may need to make arrangements to stay close to the transplant center.
- Take medications for the rest of your life. You will take a number of medications after your kidney transplant. Drugs called immunosuppressants help keep your immune system from attacking your new kidney. Additional drugs help reduce the risk of other complications, such as infection, after your transplant.
After a successful kidney transplant, your new kidney will filter your blood, so you will no longer need dialysis. Our team will continue to provide you with follow-up care to ensure you remain healthy and have the best possible quality of life.
Kidney Transplant Survival Rates
According to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network:
- About 98% of people who receive a living-donor kidney transplant live for at least one year after their transplant surgery. About 90% live for at least five years.
- About 94% of people who receive a deceased-donor kidney transplant live for at least one year after their transplant surgery. About 82% live for at least five years.
If your new kidney fails, you can resume dialysis or consider a second transplant. You may also choose to discontinue treatment. This important decision depends on your current health, your ability to withstand surgery, and your expectations for maintaining a certain quality of life.
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