Kidney Transplant (cont.)
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Prognosis After Kidney Transplantation
Self-Care at Home
The period immediately following the transplant can be very stressful. The patient will not only be recovering from major surgery, he or she will also be anxious about organ rejection.
In the first few weeks after leaving the hospital, the patient will meet with members of their team frequently to monitor their recovery, review the logs, undergo blood tests, and adjust medication doses.
The outcome for kidney transplants continues to improve with advances in immune-suppressing medications.
Women who wish to become pregnant are usually told to wait for 2 years after the operation. Many women have taken their pregnancies to term after transplantation, but there is an increased risk of kidney rejection and fetal complications.
Signs of Kidney Rejection
One of the greatest concerns as a transplant recipient will be that the body's immune system will reject and attack the transplanted kidney. If not reversed, rejection will destroy the transplanted organ. For this reason, the patient and his or her family must keep aware of warning signs and symptoms of rejection. The must contact the transplant team immediately if any of these symptoms develop.
If the patient is a kidney transplant recipient, any of the following symptoms warrant immediate care at a hospital emergency department, preferably the hospital where the transplant was done.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/3/2015
Michael B McDonnell, MD, Staff Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Southern California
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