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Will I still need dialysis after a kidney transplant?

How long you need dialysis after a kidney transplant will depend on immediate function of the graft following transplant. In most cases, a living donor kidney transplant functions right away and dialysis is not needed. However, organs from a deceased donor may or may not kick in right away and it is possible that a few sessions of dialysis will be required.

You may not need dialysis after a kidney transplant, as the new kidney begins working right away. After the transplant your doctor will monitor your blood work to determine if you still need dialysis.

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