Kidney transplantation part 24

Kidney 13

 

Going home with a successful transplant

Caring for yourself after your kidney transplant is very important. The first few months following your transplant are often when things will be  the most unstable and you may be at risk of developing problems. It is important that you report any changes in your health to your health care team as soon as possible.

You will have regularly check-ups to monitor the function of your new kidney. These will be daily at first, then weekly, then monthly.

At these visits your wound will be assessed to make sure it is healing well, and you will be checked for any signs of rejection of the transplanted kidney. Slow wound healing can be caused by some medications, diabetes and obesity.  If you are at increased risk you will be monitored closely.

You will need to think about where you will stay after you are discharged from hospital. If you live long distance from the transplant unit you will need to find short-term accomodation close to the hospital. Travel and accomodation assisstance schemes are available to help with this.

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