Kidney transplant recovery takes between four and 12 weeks depending on the type of procedure, explains the University of California San Francisco. Laparoscopic transplants have a shorter recovery time while an open incision transplant takes a greater toll on the body.
A patient spends the first one to two days after a kidney transplant in intensive care so that medical professionals can closely monitor the body for any problems, states the University of Kansas Hospital. After that time, the patient spends between five and 10 days in regular hospital recovery. Following the hospital stay, a patient needs to get both immediate and long-term follow-up care, even after the four to 12-week recovery period.
During the at-home recovery period of the first two to four weeks, a transplant patient needs to avoid carrying or lifting objects that weigh more than 10 pounds, advises the University of Kansas Hospital. The patient should not do any work activities until the sixth to eighth week of recovery, and then only participate in light activities. A patient can return to work after eight weeks of recovery, although some patients require 12 weeks to fully recover from the pain and fatigue of a transplant, suggests the University of California.