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Kidney Transplantation Follow Up

If you’re scheduled to have a kidney transplant, knowing what’s involved with your follow-up care is important. The nephrology team at Kidney Doctors of South Texas, PA, offers the highest level of care after your surgery, ensuring that your new kidney functions properly and that you heal successfully. To learn more about your kidney transplantation follow-up care, call the office nearest you in Mission, McAllen, or Rio Grande City, Texas, today or book an appointment online.

Kidney Transplantation Follow Up Q & A

What happens after my kidney transplant surgery?

After your kidney transplant surgery, Dr. Ramos and the team at Kidney Doctors of South Texas, PA: Keith A. Ramos, MD, give you highly monitored care. You can expect your hospital stay to last 4-5 days to ensure you don’t have any complications. 

In very few cases, you may need to stay in an intensive care unit before moving to your specialized transplant care area.

Once you’re stable and ready to go home, the medical team gives you instructions on your medications and dosage amounts, lab tests that may need to be done, and your follow-up care plan.

How will I feel during my kidney transplantation follow-up?

Right after your surgery, you may need temporary dialysis for a few days until your new kidneys start to function properly. You may also experience soreness at the incision site.

Most patients return to work within eight weeks after their transplant. Dr. Ramos monitors your healing process and kidney function closely before medically releasing you to get back to your normal routine.

While you’re recovering, you should avoid lifting objects that weigh more than 10 pounds, and don’t exercise until your wound fully heals, which should take about six weeks.

What can I expect from my doctor during my kidney transplantation follow-up?

Now that you have a new kidney, here’s what you can expect:

Routine checkups

Dr. Ramos gives you routine checkups after your transplant. You can expect them to be more frequent in the first couple of weeks so he can closely monitor you, making sure your body works well with your new kidney. 

You may need to have blood work done a few times a week and have your medications adjusted, as needed. 

If you don’t live in the area, it might be best to arrange to stay near the transplant center for a few weeks after your surgery.

Medications

You can expect to take prescription medications for the rest of your life after your transplant. Dr. Ramos prescribes immunosuppressants to prevent your immune system from attacking or rejecting your new kidney. 

He may also prescribe other medications to help avoid complications or any kind of infections.

To learn more about the details of your kidney transplantation follow-up, call the friendly office staff at Kidney Doctors of South Texas, PA, today or book your appointment online.

Kidney Doctors of South Texas, P.A. | Keith Ramos, M.D.
✆ Phone (appointments): 956-242-0729
✆ Phone (general inquiries): 956-519-2315
Address: 1300 S. Bryan Rd., Ste 106, Mission, TX 78572