After the kidney transplant has been carried out you will usually return to the transplant ward. Sometimes it may be necessary for you to be looked after in the intensive care or high dependency unit for a day or two, depending on your recovery.

The nursing staff will make sure that you are comfortable and will monitor the transplanted kidney to make sure it is working well.

When you wake up you will notice that you will have a number of different plastic tubes in your body, the most common ones will be:

  • A tube in your neck to help us measure your fluid volumes and give you temporary dialysis if required.
  • A small tube in your hand or arm to give you medications and pain relief.
  • A plastic drain tube in your abdomen to help drain away any blood and fluid from the operation.
  • A urinary catheter, a tube which passes up your urethra into the bladder, to help us monitor your urine output and allow the internal stitching to heal.

Most of these lines should be removed after 2-3 days. The urinary catheter will remain for 5 days to allow the sutures to heal.

During the transplant you will also have a small plastic tube (ureteric stent) placed between your new kidney and your bladder to help maintain the flow of urine.  The stent will be removed after 6 weeks as a day case procedure using a local anaesthetic.