Kidney Transplant Recovery Time

Kidney Transplant Recovery Time for Recipient

The kidney is one of the vital organs of the body which we cannot last without their presence. They filter our blood by removing toxins and waste materials and turn them into urine. They balance the body’s fluid, regulate blood pressure, produce active form of vitamin D, and also control red blood cells production. When kidneys are not functioning well, patients cannot survive without undergoing dialysis or a kidney transplant.

Choosing to have a kidney transplant will give you more freedom in your daily routine because you do not need to go to dialysis sessions constantly. So you would have a better-quality life after a successful kidney transplant and you can get back to your routine life similar to what you had before the disease. Still, it is a complex surgery and you may want to know how long kidney transplant recovery time for the recipient can be.

Here is what you should know about kidney transplant recovery time and if it is the best decision for you.

Quick Information


from 13000$ to 14000$

Hospital Stay

7 to 10 days

Minimum Stay in Iran

3 to 4 weeks

What Happens During Kidney Transplant Surgery?

A kidney transplant operation usually takes about 4-6 hours. Patients will be under general anesthesia for the whole process. The surgeon makes an incision on the kidney area and puts the donor’s kidney in. Then the blood vessels would be attached and the ureter (a tube that carries the urine out of the body) would be connected to the bladder.

The incision opening would be sewed using stitches, staples, or special glue. For taking out extra fluids that have built up during the surgery, a drain may be placed inside the patient’s abdomen. Also, a stent may be placed into the ureter to help peeing which will be removed 6-12 weeks later using a simple procedure.

Recovery after Kidney Transplant

Hospitalization for a kidney transplant recipient usually takes about 7-14 days. You may be able to walk around the day after your transplant. After two weeks, you will feel much better, however, you should not drive, lift heavy objects (more than 10 pounds), or do hard works for about a month. It is recommended not to go to work for 6 to 8 weeks and resume light activities after that. Meanwhile, you need to be in touch with your kidney transplant coordinator and ask your possible questions during the recovery period.

For preventing kidney rejection, you have to take your medications every day. In the early weeks, you need to visit your doctor 2 or 3 times per week in order to ensure your body is healing well. The visits get less frequent over time.

You will recover faster if you stay active. Your physician may recommend safe exercises for you. But contact sports like soccer will be dangerous for your health because they may harm your donor kidney.

Also keeping a healthy lifestyle is very essential. You should quit smoking and drinking. You can use the help of a dietician to have a healthy diet so that you could keep your blood sugar and blood pressure under control.

Maintain your Transplant Safe

For keeping your donor kidney safe, you have to follow your transplant team’s instructions closely for speeding your recovery and prevent your new kidney from getting rejected.

  • Keep going to all of your check-up appointments
  • If you have any questions about your medications, do not hesitate to ask.
  • Take the right dose of your medications in the set time
  • Follow the guideline of your diet and exercise

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  • Treatment
  • Medical consultation
  • Post Treatment follow-up
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  • Treatment
  • Medical consultation
  • Post Treatment follow-up
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  • Medical consultation
  • Post Treatment follow-up
  • Airport Pick up/Drop off

When Should I Call a Doctor?

Kidney Transplant Recovery Time

Having a kidney transplant increases the risk for diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Getting an infection after kidney transplantation is another problem that you should be careful about. Infection can occur at the incision site or another form of infection that affects your body because of taking anti-rejection medications (immunosuppressants). Moreover, there is a risk of kidney rejection. You need to call your doctor if have the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Pain, especially while peeing
  • Sudden decrease in urine output
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sudden weight gains in a short time

If you follow your medications in time, you may do well after the transplant. But if you notice any of the above symptoms, you need to talk with your transplant team.

Kidney Transplant Results

After a successful kidney transplant, you will not need dialysis anymore. A donor kidney transplant can last on average 15 to 20 years. Some will last for a longer time and some for a shorter time. Yet, if your new kidney fails, you can resume dialysis or consider a second transplant surgery.

One of the most important things before a kidney transplant is deciding about the destination country and the transplant team. Kidney transplant in Iran has a long history of successful operations thanks to the most professional medical team and high-technology equipment.  Besides, because of the current currency devaluation in Iran, you can take advantage of the best quality medical and non-medical services at a very low price. (you can also read “Why Iran is the best destination for kidney transplant?”)
For getting further information in this regard, you can contact our consultants at TebMedTourism for free 24/7.

Author: Leila Nazari

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