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Post transplant surgery.

PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2016 11:35 am
by rheaybou
What are people's experience of surgery post TX?

I need knee surgery and will get a date for it to be done in the next 10-12 weeks. My local hospital were excellent and have been in contact with my renal team, but still it eats away!

Have others all had the same fear/worry or is it just something I have built up as I have put this off for 18 months? Think this is more of a rant/vent than question.

Re: Post transplant surgery.

PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2016 4:18 pm
by SKM23435
I guess knee surgery should be ok. It's far enough away from the kidney to avoid physical damage. It should be easy for an anaesthetist to avoid any nephrotoxic drugs. You shouldn't be at risk of dehydration. They can get advice on drug interactions with your transplant drugs.

Not relevant to you. Don't know how justified it is but I think I would be nervous if I was having abdominal surgery - appendicectomy, anything gynae. As its all a bit close. I have wondered if the general and gynaecological surgeons in transplant centres are better at avoiding transplanted kidneys. Do they get more practice?

i guess I know how you feel. I feel very protective of my kidney, I want the very best for it. I want to encourage it to last for years.

Let us know how you get on.


Re: Post transplant surgery.

PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2016 11:51 pm
by Tibbs
I had a nephrectomy on the other side, (see posts passim) and there was no effect on my graft kidney. In factv my creatinine went down, but that was probably because I did nothing but drink water while I was in!

Re: Post transplant surgery.

PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2016 6:54 am
by AmandaClare
I had a caesarian section. That is considered a bit close to the tx kidney and they brought a transplant surgeon into the room in case anything went wrong. They also cut more to one side - the side where the kidney isn't.

The other thing was painkillers. Initially they said paracetamol only and I was quite horrified, having had abdominal surgery before. In the end they set up morphine. (In fact they were correct that a horizontal cut to the abdomen isn't that painful and I only hit the button once or twice.) Maybe worth double checking what they plan for you.

Altogether it was a good coordinated effort between teams. But not quite the same as your situation where you're in a different hospital.

Best of luck with the knee, hope the operation sorts it out.


Re: Post transplant surgery.

PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 6:45 pm
by rheaybou
Had my keyhole surgery today as a day patient.

Forgot how horrible the taste the gas/anaesthetic leaves in your mouth. All went well and I have a long weekend to recover, have work sorting me taxis for two weeks while I am unable to drive. Fingers crossed this resolves the problem. Codeine and paracetamol for pain relief.

Re: Post transplant surgery.

PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 7:13 pm
by AmandaClare
Glad it's all over, Richard. Hope you recover quickly and it sorts out the problem.