Your long-term outlook

A kidney transplant represents great hope for people with end-stage renal disease. It is a lifelong commitment that will affect every aspect of your life. Complications are always a possibility, but the single most important factor in the outcome of your transplant is you. You must follow doctor’s orders. You must monitor yourself for signs of rejection and infection, and you must take your medications. Take your responsibility seriously, and take good care of yourself.

During your hospitalization, we will teach you about your medicines, how to check your temperature and how to monitor your incisions and drains daily. Many times, the first sign of rejection is seen in your lab work. That is why we ask you to come to the clinic and to have your labs checked frequently. Any change in your kidney function will be evaluated thoroughly.

Complications may occur after transplantation. These may include, but are not limited to, rejection, infection, technical complications and recurrence of original kidney disease. You can find out more about complications and what signs to look for on this website.

The Kidney Transplant Team knows that going through a kidney transplant can be a trying time, and we want to help you through this process. Please contact the transplant office at 252-744-2620 if you have any questions.