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POST-TRANSPLANTATION RECOVERY PROCESS


You will be subject to medical observation by our physicians and nurses at the service during the recovery process. You will be followed closely in terms of vital signs (tension, pulse, temperature), quantity of urination, scar improvement and possible undesired conditions regularly.

Your new kidney starts to produce urine similarly as your original kidneys. This urine production may occur immediately after the operation or sometimes one or two weeks later. While starting of functions of kidney transplanted from a living donor is faster, it may last longer for the kidney transplanted from the cadaver to start functions. Quantity of urination is followed via a catheter inserted during the operation. Time of removal of the catheter may vary by the recovery process. Bleeding and anatomical condition of your kidney is controlled by Doppler Ultrasonography a few days after the operation. It is not a painful process and it is performed by a radiologist. 

After a successful kidney transplantation operation, your immune system tries to reject your new kidney by perceiving it as a foreign tissue. This reaction is an expected and normal condition. You start to use immunosuppressive drugs to suppress this reaction of your immune system before and after the operation continuously. Use of immunosuppressive drugs continuously makes the body more prone to the infections, your physicians will prescribe anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal medicines. Organ transplantation nurse will inform you about use of these medicines and immunosuppressive agents and provide necessary training. 

Pain in laceration is an expected condition of the first days of the operation. It will relieve by analgesics. Your sutures will be removed about 2-3 weeks after the operation by the condition of improvement of your scar. 

A thin plastic tube called as DJ stent is placed in the structure in the form of tube called as ureter between the kidney transplanted and your urinary bladder during the operation. The purpose is to relieve the urine flow between the kidney and urinary bladder and help the anastomotic tissue during the recovery process. DJ stent is removed with a procedure called as “cysto-urethroscopy” under local anesthesia at convenient time approved by your physician after the operation.