After 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 seven days.
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 kidney-pancreas transplant team will see you regularly after your transplant for blood work and clinic visits; after two 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.