Complications of surgery
Complications of anaesthesia though not common, may occur. Blood transfusion complications though rare may sometimes occur.
Complications of surgery itself, like:
- Infection of the wound and other systems in rare cases
- Hernia in the scar requiring major repair surgery
- Pneumothorax, a condition requiring insertion of a tube into the chest cavity.
- Acute allergy called anaphylaxis to antibiotics or painkillers leading to death in rare cases
- Any of the above complications may in rare cases, result in death.
To ensure continued well-being, the donor should attend mandatory follow-up as per the following schedule; a week after surgery, one month later, at six months, at one year and thereafter annually for life. The Transplantation of Human Organs Act 1994 specifies that it is the duty of the recipient to bring the kidney donor for mandatory follow-ups as advised.