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Kidney Transplant Side Effects and Warnings

Written by FoundHealth.

Possible Complications

If you are planning to have a kidney transplant, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Rejection of the new kidney
  • Urine leakage into the body
  • Blood clot
  • Damage to blood vessels or nerves
  • Damage to nearby organs
  • Urinary obstruction
  • Cancer risk due to prolonged use of immunosuppressive drugs

Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Pre-existing medical conditions, especially certain heart, lung, and liver diseases
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Current infection
  • Extreme age (young or old) of either you or the donor
  • Poorly matching tissue between you and the donor
  • Prior failed transplant
  • Pregnancy
  • Conditions that will likely result in a recurrence of kidney failure in the new kidney
  • Cancer

Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the surgery.

Call Your Doctor

After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the incision site
  • Passing no or only small amounts of urine
  • Pain, burning, urgency, frequency of urination, or persistent bleeding in the urine
  • Vomiting, black or tarry stools, or diarrhea or constipation
  • Abdominal pain or cramping
  • Sore throat or mouth sores
  • Cough, shortness of breath, or any chest pain
  • Coughing up blood
  • Severe headache
  • Headache, confusion, dizziness, light-headedness, or loss of consciousness
  • Pain and/or swelling in your feet, calves, or legs
  • High blood pressure
  • Weight gain greater than three pounds in one day

In case of an emergency, CALL 911.

 
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