Transplant from a donor who has died
What is life like after living donor transplant?
This timeline can give you a general idea of what happens after transplant surgery. Recovery is a little different for each person, so we can’t know exactly what your experience will be.
1-2 weeks after
Recovery in hospital. Your new kidney may start working right away or it may take a few days. Some patients need a dialysis treatment for a few days to a few months after surgery.
1 month after
Visit the center 2 times a week:
- 1 time for a doctor visit and lab work
- 1 time just for lab work
You may feel up to driving and returning to your normal daily life.
2 months after
Visit once a week for lab work and a doctor visit. You may feel up to driving and returning to your normal daily life.
3-4 months after
Visit every 2 weeks for lab work and once a month for doctor visits. By 3 months, most patients recover fully from the surgery, but some take longer.
6 months after
Visit once a month for lab work and every 3-6 months for doctor visits.
1 year after
Visit every 3-4 months for lab work and about once a year for transplant visits.
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