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CHAPTER 8








                     TRANSPLANT



                 COMPLICATIONS




        Any patient who has undergone major surgery can experience postoperative complications. In
        the first few weeks following transplantation, the majority of patients experience some kind of
        complication including:

        1. Delayed Graft Function                                While we want you to be active, there are some
           ‘Sleepy Kidney’                                    things you should not do during the first two to
           The functioning of your kidney transplant might    three months after your transplant. Do not do any
        be delayed, causing a need for dialysis until the     heavy lifting, pushing or pulling for at least two
        kidney ‘wakes up’. Delayed function might last from   months. Do not do any exercises that drag or pull
        several days to several weeks.                        the abdominal muscles. We recommend that
                                                              recipients do not drive for six weeks following
        2. Wound Problems                                     transplant, but there is no evidence to suggest that
           Your incision may not be completely healed         wearing a seat belt can harm your transplanted
        when you go home. Keep the wound clean and dry.       kidney.
        Do not take a bath or swim until your wound is fully
        healed. If you have staples or sutures, they will be
        removed by the transplant nurse. Steristrips (paper
        stitches) will dry and fall off on their own. Examine
        your incision every day. Notify your doctor or nurse
        immediately if you notice any redness, swelling,
        tenderness at the site or liquid draining from the
        site.

                                        Transplant wound


                                                              3. Dehydration
                                                                 One of the best ways to keep you and your
                                                              kidney healthy is to drink plenty of fluids. Fluids will
                                                              flush medication from your system, make you feel
                                                              less hungry, and prevent your skin from becoming
                                                              dry. Normally you should drink more than 2 litres of
                                                              fluid each day (please check with your doctor
                                                              regarding your fluid allowance). If you are
                                                              dehydrated, you may experience some of the
                                                              following symptoms: thirst, dry skin, dizziness,
                                                              feeling light-headed, decrease urine output, dark
                                                              urine, headache, hunger and weight loss.



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