Resuming life after transplant

You will gradually be able to return to activities you enjoyed before the transplant surgery. We are providing some guidelines for exercise, nutrition and self-monitoring. Managing your activity, diet and clinic visits are important parts of your life after kidney transplantation.

Going back to work

It is our goal to make it possible for patients who have been employed to return to work after the transplant. Most patients can go back to work about three months after their transplant. Depending on the type of work you do and your financial situation, you may need to return to work as a soon as possible.

It may be best to start back to work part-time and eventually move toward full-time work. We will assist you in dealing with your employer and insurance company by providing them with any information they require to help you get back to work again.

Preventive medicine

Your transplant team asks that you follow the common health prevention recommendations that apply to all patients. Your primary care doctor can arrange these studies.

  • Women over age 40 should have yearly mammogram and pap smear.
  • Everyone over age 50 should have their stool checked for trace blood and/or a colonoscopy.
  • Men over age 45 should have a yearly prostate exam and blood test for prostate cancer.
  • Wear a hat and sunscreen on exposed skin areas whenever going into the sun.

Medical condition alert bracelet

We strongly recommend that each transplant patient wear an identifying tag on either a bracelet or necklace after transplant. The following information should be included:
  • Your name
  • Notice that you are a transplant recipient
  • Notice that you are taking immunosuppressants
  • Note other serious conditions such as diabetes or epilepsy