Post Transplant Care
Your Stay in Stony Brook University Hospital
During your stay at Stony Brook University Hospital our goal is to keep you as comfortable as possible while providing world class quality care. After your surgery you will be given a private room where you will be monitored very closely for the first few days. The day of surgery you will be on bed rest and will not be allowed to eat or drink anything. On the morning after surgery you will be encouraged to get out of bed and slowly start walking. You will be given a clear liquid diet the day after surgery and we will advance your diet as tolerated. Since it is extremely important that we monitor your fluid status you will have a special IV in your neck and a tube inserted into your bladder, called a foley catheter, which will allow us to monitor how much urine you are producing. The IV will be removed the day of discharge and the catheter will be removed the day before you are discharged. You will have a surgical incision on either your right or left lower abdomen which will have surgical staples. As with any surgery there will be pain associated with a kidney transplant. We have a dedicated pain service team at Stony Brook University Hospital who will work closely with you to control your pain and make you as comfortable as possible. The average hospital stay is anywhere from 5-7 days. Upon discharge you will be given instructions regarding your care at home and medications that will need to be taken. We will make every effort to make this transition as easy as possible.
Out Patient Post Transplant Care
Once you leave Stony Brook University Hospital, a part of Stony Brook Medicine, after your transplant, you will need lifelong immunosuppressive medication to prevent rejection of your kidney and thus you will need long term regular follow up labs and visits. Since the liklihood for significant complications are highest in the early post transplant period, you will be followed in Transplant Clinic 2-3 times a week for several weeks until we are sure your condidtion is stable and transplant function is good. Your lab testing and visits will gradually decrease in frequency if you are doing well. Strict compliance with taking all of your immunosuppressive and other medications is crucial to long term success with good kidney fucntion. In addition to preventing rejection and infection, other longterm medical issues including blood pressure control, diabetes, high cholesterol, bone disease, anemia, preventative cancer screening are important. When feasable, our goal is to coordinate long term transplant and medical care with your own primary nephrologist, with periodic visits to SBUMC Transplant Services. Please arrange for copies of any medical testing or procedures done elsewhere to be sent to Transplant Services here so we can continue to monitor your success.