recommend you give Lahey transplant team the phone numbers of close friends and
family as well, in case you can’t be reached directly.
it is impossible to predict when a deceased donor kidney will become available, we recommend
that you are always prepared for when the time comes. An overnight bag should
always be at the ready with clothes and items you might need at the hospital.
We also suggest that you make a pre-arranged transportation plan with friends or family
need to travel to Lahey as instructed by the surgeon. Often you'll be asked to
come immediately after the phone call. You'll be asked to stop eating right away because your digestive tract should be empty during the transplant procedure. The quality of the deceased-donor kidney deteriorates over time once it is outside the body. Therefore, the faster it is transplanted, the faster the kidney function will recover after the surgery, and the fewer the complications.
will arrive a few hours before surgery. Your family will be allowed to
accompany you in the pre-op area, where you’ll undergo a few preliminary tests.
be brought into the operating room on a gurney, where the anesthesiologist will
place you under general anesthesia. Once you’re asleep, the anesthesiologist
will insert a tube in your throat that will connect to a machine that helps you
breathe (ventilator). You will also have a tube inserted (Foley catheter) into
your bladder via the urethra to allow urine to drain during the long surgery, and a nasogastric
tube through your nose to drain the contents of your stomach.
operation takes about three hours. An incision will be made in your lower abdomen,
either to the left or right side, depending on the side the surgeon has decided
to place the kidney. There is no evidence that indicates one side is better
than the other.
new kidney will be placed through the incision and connected to the appropriate
blood vessels and the ureter will be connected to your bladder. Your two
natural kidneys will typically remain intact in their own position. The transplant surgery will not involve your own kidneys.
In most instances, the transplanted kidney will begin working almost immediately, slowly at first, then picking up
more function over the course of a few days. Sometimes, the transplanted kidney is slow to start functioning and you may require some dialysis treatments until the transplanted kidney starts to function on its own. In general, it may take up to six weeks for the transplanted kidney to reach its best function.
We anticipate you’ll be able to walk the day
after surgery. Your hospital stay will typically range from 3 to 6 days. We will
ask you to arrange for a friend, family member or transport service to take you
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