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Transplant Essentials

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Kidney Transplantation - evaluation

How long I will be in the hospital after kidney transplantation?

It does vary from one center to another as well as patients overall medical status. In general patients will be discharged within a week after transplantation. Some centers will discharge patients by day #4 post transplantation.

What are the common surgical complications after kidney transplantation?

Common surgical complications are wound infection, wound dehiscence, bleeding, arterial and venous obstruction/thrombosis, ureteric obstruction or leak, In addition, other complications such as lung collapse, temporary loss of sensation in upper part of thigh and lower extremity venous thrombosis can occur.

When can I start driving my car after kidney transplant surgery?

It varies from one patient to another and depends on the patient’s overall condition. Patients should come off pain medications, blood sugar levels should be stable, and patient should have regained strength. In addition, sutures have to be removed before patient can start driving. In general patients will be able to drive any where between 4 -8 weeks after transplantation. Patients are advised to discuss this issue with the transplant center.

When can I return to work after kidney transplant surgery?

It varies from one patient to another and depends on the patients overall condition. Patient should come off pain medications, blood sugar levels should be stable, anemia should resolve and patient should have regained strength. In addition, sutures have to be removed before patient can return to work. In general patients will be able to get back to work approximately 4 -12 weeks after transplantation. However, patients who may have to physically demanding work may take longer time before returning to work. Patients are advised to discuss this issue with the transplant center.

Can I wear seatbelts after kidney transplant surgery?

Yes. All patients should wear seat belts while in the car. Seatbelts will not hurt the kidney in right or left groin.

When will my sutures be removed after kidney transplant surgery?

Sutures will be removed anywhere between 2- 3 weeks after transplantation. Patients who are obese, those with diabetes and those on immunosuppression prior to transplant may have their suture removal delayed.