“I can’t tell you how grateful I am to the staff and medical professionals at Houston Methodist … I couldn’t have asked for better care.” – Kenneth King, kidney recipient
After the kidney transplant surgery, you’ll be taken to the recovery room, and once you’re awake you’ll be taken to a hospital room where you’ll be closely watched until you’re sent home. In some cases a brief stay in the intensive care unit (ICU) is needed.
Some pain right after surgery is normal, and your nurse will give you medication to control it. Most patients have less pain two to three days after surgery. Getting out of bed and walking will help.
You’ll stay in the hospital as long as your doctors feel is necessary, usually about three to four days.
“My life now is great. I exercise, I participate in yoga, I swim … I have a full life now. I can do anything I want, anywhere I want.” - Jane Brann, kidney recipient
After you leave the hospital, you will continue recovering at home. For the first four to six weeks, you’ll have some limits on your everyday activities. During your recovery period, the transplant team will watch your progress closely.
The transplant team will see you regularly after your transplant for blood work and clinic visits; after three years, we will only need to see you once a year. You must be available for clinic visits, lab tests and scans of your abdomen to monitor how well your transplanted organ is working. Patients who have problems may need to be seen more often.
Going forward, it’s important to continue following the advice of your physician and other members of your kidney transplant team, and to notify them immediately of any changes in your condition.
Through the Houston Methodist My New Life program, you’ll also have access to seminars and other resources to help you stay healthy and enjoy life after your transplant. We’ve seen an overwhelmingly positive response to this program among our post transplant patients—not just for the educational benefits, but also for the chance to meet other transplant patients as you continue your journey through this new life.
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