Surgery Day

You may be called to the hospital at any time. In most cases you will arrive four hours before surgery. The kidney transplant coordinator will tell you where to go and help you when you arrive at the hospital.

What To Bring

  • List of all the medicines you take (including herbal and over-the-counter)
  • Medications
  • Pajamas, robe, slippers
  • Any personal hygiene products you may need

Before Surgery

Updated testing will be necessary before surgery. For example you may have a chest x-ray, blood work, a urine specimen and any further testing as ordered. This is normal for all incoming transplant patients.

Loved ones are welcome to come with you to the hospital and may stay with you until you go for surgery.

Your nurses, physicians and residents may ask you the same questions several times about your health history. This is for your safety, and helps them know how they can better prepare you for surgery.

Kidney transplant surgery lasts about 3 to 4 hours. Your family will be updated regularly about how you are doing.

After Surgery

After surgery you will wake up in the recovery room then go to either 5B (renal floor) or ICU. For a kidney transplant you will be in the hospital for about 3-6 days.

Surgeons, doctors, a social worker, nurses, pharmacy and residents will visit you daily to discuss progress and plan of care. Time will be set aside each day for the transplant nurse to meet with you and a caregiver to go over information about your transplant, medicines, labs and clinic appointments.