Physical adjustments

  • You will need to take medicines for the rest of your life to keep your body from rejecting the kidney.
  • You will need to watch your weight, blood pressure, temperature and blood glucose. This may mean you need to make changes in your diet.
  • You will need to get regular exercise.
  • You may need to take several medicines, which may cause side effects.

Emotional adjustments

  • You will need to keep all lab and clinic visits, even if you feel well. This is very important.
  • You may feel depressed.
  • If the kidney is from a living donor you know (such as a family member) you may feel like you "owe" him or her. You may feel extra pressure to be healthy to not disappoint that person.

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