Possible risks of a kidney transplant
Although kidney transplants can be an extremely effective treatment for CKD, there are risks. Like with any other operation, your body may have difficulty recovering and you may experience complications, including:
- Your body may reject the new organ, and you will need to take immunosuppressive medications to prevent organ rejection. These medications can take a while to get used to and may require you to make multiple visits to the hospital.
- Your new kidney may not function properly at first. You may still need to remain on dialysis until your new kidney starts to work.
- Your new kidney may fail immediately (though not common), or at any time after your transplant. You must be mentally and physically prepared to receive a new transplant or start dialysis if this happens.
Before you receive your kidney transplant, do consult your doctor about the potential risks of a kidney transplant operation.