Living with a kidney transplant

Find out what to expect after a kidney transplant

Key points

  • Once your kidney function is stable, you should have more energy and be able to get back to your usual activities
  • Eating well, giving up smoking and looking after yourself will help you recover
  • Possible complications include delayed graft function, infections and rejection
  • It's important to remember that everyone's recovery is different
  • Support is available if you or your loved ones are struggling or if you need to talk

Possible complications


Infections are very common after a kidney transplant, partly due to the medicines.

Learn about infections


Rejection is when your immune system starts to attack your transplanted kidney.

Learn about rejection

Delayed graft function

This is when your transplanted kidney doesn’t start working straight away.

Learn about delayed graft

Things to know

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