Kidney Transplant Surgery

Under normal conditions, kidney transplant surgery takes 3-4 hours. After approximately one hour of preoperative preparation, approximately two hours of surgery and 1-2 hours of observation, the donor and receiver are taken to the service.

Duration of Hospitalization After Kidney Transplantation

In transplantations made from a living donor, the kidney taken from the donor is attached to the recipient without delay, and the transplanted kidney usually starts working immediately after the surgery.

In kidney transplants made from cadavers, the kidney taken from the cadaver is kept in ice in the appropriate liquid until the implantation process. Therefore, the operation of the transplanted kidney may be delayed. It may be necessary to continue dialysis treatment for a while after the surgery.

While kidney transplant patients need to stay in the hospital for 5-7 days after surgery, this period is 3-5 days for donors. However, it can be shortened or lengthened depending on the special conditions of patients and donors.

Donors can return to their place of residence after 2-3 days after discharge, but it is recommended that recipients stay in the city where the transplant center is located for 1 month and are asked to come for controls periodically.

What are the Possible Problems that May Develop After Kidney Transplantation?

  • Rising fever
  • Sudden decrease in urine volume and color change
  • Burning while urinating
  • Diarrhea-vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sudden onset of low or high blood pressure
  • In cases such as swelling where the transplanted kidney is located, a doctor should be consulted urgently.

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