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Kidney Transplant Surgery

The Kidney Transplant Procedure

Kidney transplant surgery takes about three to six hours. The patient’s own kidneys are usually left in place and the new kidney is placed in the front of the body (in the lower portion of the abdomen, either on the right or left, near the hip bone).

After surgery, patients are in the recovery room for several hours and then move directly back to the hospital’s transplant unit.

In the Hospital

A new life with a transplanted kidney begins in the hospital, right after the transplant operation.

Living donor transplant recipients usually remain in the hospital for three to four nights. Deceased donor transplant recipients may need a longer stay but the average is five to six days.

During the hospital stay, transplant recipients are carefully monitored and tested. Patients also receive extensive training on self-care at home and the drugs needed to protect the transplanted organ from rejection (called immunosuppressants).

Learn about what to expect after a kidney transplant.

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