Follow-up appointments

Your transplant coordinator will give you instructions for your follow-up appointments. In general, your appointments are as follows.

Time after transplant

Number of visits

returning home to six weeks two to three times a week
six to 12 weeks one to two times a week
three to six months one time a week to one time every two weeks
six to 12 months one time a month
one to two years one time a month
more than two years every three months

All follow-up visits and lab checks are important.

Please keep any appointment, no matter how you feel. If your body is rejecting the kidney, the first signs may show up in the lab results. By the time you "feel sick," the rejection may have caused the kidney to fail.

Source: Allina Health Patient Education, Kidney Transplant Information for Recipients and Donors, renal_ahc_93498
Reviewed By: Allina Patient Education experts, including the Transplantation Department of Abbott Northwestern Hospital
First Published: 05/15/2009
Last Reviewed: 05/15/2009

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Your nephrologist will adjust your follow-up schedule depending on your health and recovery.