Everyone recovers at a different rate after a kidney transplant. For patients that worked before the transplant, they are usually back to work within 2-3 months of the transplant. Once the first few months after your operation have passed, it is likely that your kidney function will be stable and you won’t need to come to the transplant clinic as often. After the first 3-6 months, the risk of transplant rejection is lower and your medicines will usually reduce.
As with any major operation, there is a small risk of dying, but this is rare. The average risk of dying during the first few months after a kidney transplant is between 1-2 in 100 patients. However, this varies widely on a patient-by-patient basis.
This can happen with some patients and is known as ‘recurrence’.
Some kidney diseases can come back and affect the kidney transplant very quickly (days to weeks), but this is very rare. If this is a possibility, your kidney doctors and transplant surgeons will discuss this with you. If you have had difficult medical problems before you developed kidney failure, this may make it more difficult to have a transplant. You will have a number of different medical tests to see if a kidney transplant is the best treatment option for you.
Yes. It is possible to have multiple kidney transplants. You will need to either receive a kidney from a living donor or go back on the national transplant waiting list.
Yes, this is possible. Your general health will be taken into account. Please consider recording your wishes on organ donation in the national register.