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Post-Transplant Management

After receiving a kidney transplant, you will need thorough follow-up care in order to avoid complications. Recognizing the new organ as a foreign object, your body’s natural reaction will be to attack it. A major part of post-transplant management is preventing your body from rejecting the new kidney.

For the rest of your life, you need to take medicines known as immunosuppressive or anti-rejection drugs. These medicines limit your immune system’s ability to damage your new kidney. You will likely also need medicine to control side effects of the anti-rejection drugs, prevent infection and manage other conditions, such as high blood pressure.

It is still possible that your body will try to reject the kidney, much as it would attack a bacteria or virus. Symptoms of rejection include:

  • Fever
  • Decreased urination
  • Tenderness or pain in the transplant area
  • Swelling of the eyelids, hands, legs, ankles or feet
  • Weight gain of several pounds within 24 hours
  • Flu-like symptoms, including chills, nausea, vomiting and fatigue

It is important that you take your medicines as prescribed and have regular laboratory tests to check your kidney.

From the moment your new kidney is in place, the experts of Indiana University Health monitor you closely for any signs of organ rejection or other problems. We design a medicine and diet plan for your health needs as well as your personal concerns and preferences. Our goal is for you to enjoy many active and fulfilling years—or decades—with your new kidney.

We are pioneers in transplanting kidneys and preventing organ rejection. We have access to the latest advances in care through our affiliation with Indiana University School of Medicine. Additionally, we take an active role in training new generations of physicians and conducting research on ways to improve care.

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How We Can Help

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:

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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: