Living with a kidney transplant
Find out what to expect after a kidney transplant
- 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
Infections are very common after a kidney transplant, partly due to the medicines.
Rejection is when your immune system starts to attack your transplanted kidney.
Delayed graft function
This is when your transplanted kidney doesn’t start working straight away.
Things to know
As the risk of infection is higher after a transplant, it’s important to have a flu jab every year. Please note, transplant patients must not have live vaccines (the flu jab is NOT a live vaccine). Your kidney care team and your GP can tell you which vaccines are safe for you.
Screening for cancers and other diseases
The risks of cancer are higher in patients with a kidney transplant than the general population. Please attend cancer screening programmes if you receive an invitation. The ones that are currently active in the UK are for breast cancer, cervical cancer, colon cancer, and for abdominal aortic aneurysms.