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Post-Transplant Management Treatment Information
After your kidney transplant, we provide care to prevent your body from rejecting the new organ. Here’s what to expect:
- Anti-rejection medicine. After a kidney transplant, you need to take anti-rejection medicine for the rest of your life. These drugs suppress your immune system so that it cannot attack the transplanted kidney, which is recognized as a foreign object. We balance the need for immune suppression with the risk of side effects, and we adjust your medicine over time as your body adjusts to the new kidney. Immediately after your surgery, numerous medicines in high doses are required. The number and dosage of the medicines decreases over time. Still, you will likely take two or three anti-rejection medicines.
- Education. Our nurses and clinical coordinators teach you the skills to care for yourself after leaving the hospital. These skills include monitoring your blood pressure, measuring your fluid intake and output, and taking your medicine properly. We also teach you to recognize signs of rejection, and we are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions. Our dietitians work with you while you are still in the hospital to design a personalized diet.
- Monitoring. We continue to see you regularly for the rest of your life for exams and laboratory testing. We monitor you closely in these clinic visits to ensure that your kidney works effectively and that you do not experience organ rejection or other complications. You also have regular communication with your nurse coordinator. Several kidney transplant outreach clinics throughout the state offer convenient services if you live far from your healthcare team. We work with local kidney disease specialists across the state, and in some cases, use telemedicine to coordinate live, interactive “tele-appointments” with IU Health specialists.
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Post-Transplant Management Support Services
By knowing what to expect after a kidney transplant, you can reduce your chance of problems. Learn more about post-transplant care from these resources:
A Sampling of Post-Transplant Management Support Services
IU Health Transplant
Learn more about the Transplant services available at IU Health.
National Kidney Foundation
This nonprofit organization provides information on many aspects of life after a kidney transplant.