Most living donor kidneys usually start to work right away.
Deceased donor kidneys may not start working right away. The kidney may not start working for about two to four weeks or maybe longer.
You may need dialysis until the kidney starts working.
More information on risks after surgery (complications)
You have made a decision that will positively affect your life. Kidney transplant surgery offers several benefits, including:
As with any surgery, kidney transplant surgery has risks, including:
If you are a woman able to have children, it is important that you do not get pregnant for two years after transplant surgery. You should talk with your doctor before getting pregnant to tell if pregnancy is OK for you. Your doctor should review all of your medicines and make any changes if needed.
Allina Health Patient Education, Kidney Transplant Information for Recipients and Donors, renal_ahc_93498
Allina Patient Education experts, including the Transplantation Department of Abbott Northwestern Hospital