Preparing for Your Kidney Transplant Surgery at Virtua
Throughout your transplant journey, you'll be in close contact with your Virtua nurse coordinator.
During your wait on the transplant list, you'll undergo regular checkups, including blood tests. You should notify your coordinator of any major changes, including hospitalizations, medication changes and changes in insurance coverage.
If you have a living donor, the transplant team will work with you and your donor to schedule the surgery.
If you're on the wait list, the nurse coordinator will call you when a donor kidney becomes available. It's important that you remain flexible and available to receive phone calls at all times.
What to Expect with Your Transplant Surgery
During your surgery, the new kidney is implanted through an incision in the lower abdomen. In many cases, your existing kidneys are left in place. The surgery takes several hours to complete.
You'll remain in the hospital for an average of four to five days as you recover from surgery and as your new kidney reaches full function.