• Kidney Transplant Recovery After Surgery at Lahey

    When you return home we recommend you begin daily by walking 15 minutes a day and increasing this time as your body allows. This will help improve your circulation, lower your blood pressure, strengthen your cardiovascular system and reduce stress. Eventually you’ll be able to take part in more strenuous cardiovascular exercises, but you must get approval from the kidney transplant team first.

    Anti-Rejection Medications 

    You will need to take several daily medications for as long as the donated kidney is functioning within your body. These medications are called immunosuppressants (they suppress your immune system) and are necessary to reduce the possibility that your immune system will attack the new kidney.

    Our post-transplant nurse coordinator and kidney transplant pharmacist will instruct you on all aspects of the medication, including how to look for signs of organ rejection.

    By lowering your defenses, you may be vulnerable to infections from sources that would not typically be a problem. Our transplant coordinators and nephrologists will teach you how to look for other signs of infection. If you suspect you have an infection, contact the transplant center immediately.

    Kidney Transplant Recovery Timeline 

    Here is what you can generally expect during your kidney transplant recovery:

    • In 1 day: You’ll be able to walk and stretch.
    • In 2-4 weeks: You may resume driving a car, upon authorization from the transplant team.
    • In 2 months: You may do simple aerobics, such as jogging or swimming. You may consider returning to work or school.
    • In 3 months: You may lift up to 20 or 30 pounds. Most kidney transplant recipients are back to work or school full-time.
    • In 6 months: You may return to all of your normal activities including strenuous exercise and heavy lifting. 
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