During a transplant, the surgeon places the new kidney in your lower abdomen and connects the artery and vein of the new kidney to your artery and vein. Often, the new kidney will start making urine as soon as your blood starts flowing through it. But sometimes it takes a few weeks to start working.
Many transplanted kidneys come from donors who have died. Some come from a living family member. The wait for a new kidney can be long.
If you have a transplant, you must take drugs for the rest of your life, to keep your body from rejecting the new kidney.
NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Treatments and Therapies
- Immunosuppressants (National Kidney Foundation)
- Diet and Transplantation (National Kidney Foundation) Also in Spanish
- From Illness to Wellness: Life After Transplantation (National Kidney Foundation) - PDF
- If You Have Kidney Disease, You Need to Get a Flu Shot this Fall (National Kidney Foundation)
- Solitary Kidney (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)
- Travel Tips: A Guide for Kidney Patients (National Kidney Foundation)
- What Vaccinations Do You Need? (National Kidney Foundation)
- Kidney-Pancreas Transplant (National Kidney Foundation)
Statistics and Research
- Kidney Facts (United Network for Organ Sharing)
- Protein-Based Urine Test Predicts Kidney Transplant Outcomes (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)
- The SRTR/OPTN Annual Data Report (Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Kidney Transplantation (National Institutes of Health)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Treatment for Kidney Failure in Children (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)
- Pregnancy and Kidney Disease (National Kidney Foundation)