What Should I Expect?

It’s totally normal to feel apprehensive about your transplant day. Dr. G is happy to answer any and all concerns you may have. But all transplants follow the same basic procedure, so we’ve outlined the protocol below.

 

Transplant Procedure

  • Donor kidney is removed with the artery, vein, and ureter partially attached
  • You are put under general anesthesia
  • Surgeon makes an incision on your lower belly
  • Surgeon inserts kidney
  • Surgeon attaches the ureter to your bladder
So what happens to my failed kidneys?

Wondering about your own failed kidneys? Get used to them; they are harmless and surgical removal presents complications. Having three kidneys is a bragging right anyway!

Your new kidney should start producing urine immediately. Congrats, your KT was successful and you’re on to a better life!

Are there any post-op concerns I should have?

You’ll be in the hospital for 3-5 days as your doctors monitor your recovery, run blood and urine tests, and so on.

Anti–rejection medication has to be taken for the rest of your life. Your immune system doesn’t realize how awesome your new kidney is, so like any foreign object, your body will try to get rid of it. It’s in your best interest to not let this happen, so don’t forget to take your meds.

 

You’ll Need to Keep an Eye On…

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    Blood Pressure

    Hypertension isn’t a joke. Keep an eye on your BP levels to avoid complications!

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    Diabetes Risk

    Also a high risk factor, and can be a complication of one of the transplant medications

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    Anti-rejection medication levels

    Take them every time, on time! They only work at a certain dosage and can be monitored through blood work

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    Cancer Risk

    Stay up to date on screenings

Which doctor will take care of me after I get the kidney?

The KT center will watch you in the beginning and schedule follow ups for the first 3 months after your operation.

If you are a dialysis patient or have advanced CKD and want to see if you are a candidate for a KT, call Dr. G!  She will be happy to discuss options for you and provide a referral to a transplant center.

If you already had a KT, Dr. G would be happy to be your monitoring physician and provide guidance going forward in taking good care of your new kidney.

Book an appointment: (714) 435 • 0150