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What should I expect after a kidney-pancreas transplant?

Your care after a kidney-pancreas transplant is very similar to that of a kidney transplant alone. One difference is that after a kidney-pancreas transplant you may spend a day or so in the intensive care unit (ICU) for close monitoring to make sure both kidney and pancreas are working well. If there are no problems such as rejection or infection, you should be able to go home in seven to 10 days. Remember that you will need to take special medicines, called immunosuppressive or antirejection medications, following your transplant operation to help prevent your body from rejecting your newly transplanted organs. You need to take these medicines exactly as the doctor prescribes for as long as your transplant lasts. In addition, you will have regularly scheduled tests as an outpatient to check the function of your transplanted organs and you will be told to follow a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise.

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