Most often, a kidney donated by a living donor begins to work right away.
Sometimes, the donated kidney may need many days or weeks to start working. (That delay is known as acute tubular necrosis.) If that happens, you may need dialysis. Chances are high that the donated kidney will start to work in a few days.
If the new kidney does not work right away after surgery, this situation should last only a little while. If you need dialysis, the social worker will make arrangements for you.
More information on complications.
If you need dialysis after you leave the hospital, the social worker will make arrangements for you.
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