Long Island's Premier Kidney Transplant Surgery Hospital
For those patients who develop kidney failure, the aim of the kidney health program is to help them obtain a kidney transplant through the transplant program at Winthrop-University Hospital on Long Island, NY.
The Kidney Transplant Procedure
A kidney transplant procedure is the most common of all transplant surgeries performed in the US. One donated kidney is used to replace the function previously performed by the 2 diseased kidneys. The kidney may be donated by a living donor (they may be blood related or not as long as they are a match) or a deceased donor who did not suffer from any chronic kidney condition. The kidney transplant procedure includes general anesthesia (you will be unconscious during the surgery), a small incision in the lower abdomen where the donated kidney will be placed, and the closing of the incision. Your kidneys will be left in your body unless there is an outstanding reason to do otherwise. A kidney transplant surgery takes approximately 3 hours.
Kidney Transplant Recovery
After receiving your transplant, you will remain in the kidney transplant hospital for up to a week (barring complications such as rejection of the organ which could extend the stay). Regular follow-ups with a nephrologist will be the norm for a month or two. It may take up to half a year to completely recover from a kidney transplant procedure. A patient who has received a donated organ through a kidney transplant surgery will likely need to remain on anti-rejection medications for the rest of their life. These medications suppress the immune system in order to keep the body from attacking the foreign organ.