Within a few days, you may begin to feel much better than you did before. But you may have some pain or soreness in your belly or side. This can last for several weeks.
Most people go home from the hospital 5 to 10 days after surgery. It will probably take about 4 weeks before you can get back to your job or usual activities.
After surgery, the new kidney will start to do the work that your own kidneys cannot. It will remove waste from your blood and balance your body’s fluids and chemicals. Your new kidney may start working very soon after surgery. Or it may take a few weeks. If your kidney does not start to work right away, you will need to have dialysis until the new kidney can take over.
After the transplant, you will have to take medicines every day for the rest of your life. The medicines will help keep your body from rejecting the new kidney. These medicines will also make your immune system weaker. This means you will be more likely to get an infection or become sick. To reduce your risk of infection, wash your hands often. Stay away from crowds of people, and avoid contact with people who have a cold or the flu.
If your body starts to reject the kidney, your doctor may be able to stop the rejection. But if not, you will need to have dialysis again. It is possible that you can have another transplant.
You may have many different emotions after your kidney transplant. You may feel grateful and happy. But you also may feel guilty or depressed. These feelings are common. It may help to talk about your feelings with your doctor and family.
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