In the operating room you will be given a general anesthetic, which puts you to sleep. You will have a catheter inserted and you may be shaved in the area where you’ll have the surgery. The transplant surgeon will make an incision (a cut) 15-18 cm long and shaped like a hockey stick, in your abdomen. The surgical team will then attach the new kidney to one of your arteries and one of your veins, and they will attach the new kidney’s ureter (the tube that carries urine to the bladder) to your bladder.

incision for kidney transplant

In most cases, your own kidneys will not be removed. Unless they cause problems or pose some danger, they will be left alone; there is enough room in your abdomen for the third kidney. The typical kidney transplant operation takes about 3-5 hours.

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Your organs do many things to keep you healthy If your organs don't work, you may need to have a transplant To get a transplant, you have to be tested You can't have a transplant unless someone donates an organ You can't have a transplant unless someone donates an organ You will have to have surgery to place the new organ into your body Most people feel much better after having a transplant Taking care of your new organ will help you feel healthy for years to come Home