- 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.