Care for Your New Kidney

Tips for a healthy kidney transplant recovery

1. Stay in touch. It is important that you call and talk to your coordinator if you:

  • Have any changes in your telephone number and/or address. It is recommended to have a cellphone with you at all times.
  • Have any insurance changes or questions.
  • Are hospitalized outside of the hospital where you were treated.
  • Need any medication refills. Be sure to call when you have at least one weeks’ worth of medication left.
  • Plan on taking any medication that is not on your medication list.
  • Plan on going out of town (even for one day). Please be sure to let your coordinator know and give him/her a phone number where you can be reached.
  • Need lab orders or have questions about your labs.
  • Have any signs and symptoms of illness.

2. Keep all of your scheduled appointments with your doctor or nurse.

3. Call your doctor or nurse if you have any questions or concerns or if you have:

  • A fever higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Flu-like symptoms such as chills, aches, headaches, dizziness, nausea or vomiting.
  • New pain or tenderness around the transplanted kidney.
  • Fluid retention (swelling).
  • Sudden weight gain greater than 4 pounds within a 24-hour period.
  • Significant decrease in urine output.

4. Have your blood drawn promptly, as recommended by your transplant doctor or nurse.

5. Follow your recommended dietary plan.

6. Follow your recommended fluid intake.

7. Follow your recommended exercise plan.

8. Avoid being around anyone who has an infection.

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