What is KTP?

​KTP is an abbreviation for Kidney Transplant Patients.  Kidney Transplant Patients are people that undergo kidney transplant operations in order to receive a new kidney from a donor as a treatment or cure for end-stage renal diseases.

What is a Kidney Transplant?

A kidney transplant is a surgical procedure that replaces the damaged kidney of a patient with a healthy kidney that is provided by a donor. This medical procedure is often used as a treatment for kidney failure and an alternative to a lifetime of dialysis.

Furthermore, if the surgery is successful and no complications, rejection, or problem arises, this surgical procedure will serve as a permanent and great treatment or solution to chronic kidney diseases and end-stage renal disease.

Which One is Better Dialysis or Kidney Transplant?

Compared with a lifetime of dialysis, kidney transplant has the following advantages and benefits:

  • Fewer dietary restrictions
  • Lower maintenance and treatment cost
  • Much permanent than dialysis
  • Provides much better quality of life
  • Lower risk of fatality

On the other hand, acquiring a donor is quite difficult to achieve. If a patient has no direct donor, he or she will be listed in the kidney transplant waiting list and it can take from several months to several years until a match can be found.

Moreover, if the patient has no direct donor, some conditions may prevent the patient from getting a transplant which includes the following:

  • The patient has severe heart disease
  • The patient has an advanced age
  • The patient has poor mental health or dementia
  • The patient has cancer or has been recently treated for one
  • The patient has a history of drug or alcohol abuse
  • Other factors that can affect the success of the operation or recovery

What Happens After the Transplant?

​Before being discharged from the hospital, your surgeon or attending doctor will provide counsel for the kidney transplant patient regarding some rules, medication, and lifestyle compliance that he or she needs to follow in order to avoid complications and make his or her recovery successful.

Some of the instructions that may be given by the doctor to the patient include the following:

Diet
  • Instructions on what and what not to eat after kidney transplant surgery. A special diet may be recommended according to the patient’s health conditions and problems
  • Avoid alcoholic drinks
  • Will provide a list of dietary and nutritional supplements like fiber for constipation and bowel movement problems
  • Minimum or maximum amount of liquid to take per day
Activity
  • What exercise and activities to avoid
  • How to take a shower or bath safely
  • Limitations such as driving, sex, and others
  • Amount of sleep or rest needed
  • Light exercises to perform like walking
  • Breathing exercises
  • Sleeping tips such as holding a soft pillow over the incision
Medicine
  • Will provide instructions on when you can continue your usual medicines
  • Will give instructions on new medicines to take
  • Will provide a list of medicines that should be avoided
  • Will give you a prescription for anti-rejection medicines
  • Will give instructions regarding pain medications
  • Will provide instruction on how to clean and take care of your incisions
  • Will prescribe antibiotics if needed

Taking care of the kidney transplant patient in your home after the surgery is not an easy task, there will be lots of challenges and difficulties that you and your family member may encounter before the patient can recover completely.

In line with this, it is advisable to acquire the services of post-acute care surgery service to take care of the patient’s need after a kidney transplant surgery. This will make sure that the patient is given the proper care, appropriate medication, therapy, nutrition, and monitoring that he or she needs to recover safely and properly from a kidney transplant operation.

What Seva At Home’s Post-Acute Care Surgery (KTP) Service Offers

​Seva At Home’s Post-Acute Care Surgery service for kidney transplant patients offers an effective care and rehabilitation program specifically designed to enable you to fully recover from kidney transplant surgery safely and without complications.

Our Post-Acute Care Surgery package includes the following services:

Twice a Week Nutritionist Visits (3 to 4 Weeks)

Our nutritionist will assist and manage the patient’s dietary and food supplement to make sure that what he or she eats is healthy, nutritious, and is safe for rehabilitation and recovery purposes.

Health Monitoring, Checkup, and Counselling (Four times a Week – Four Hours per Visit)

Our senior registered nurse that specializes in rehabilitation will monitor the health and recovery of the patient by performing the necessary tests to ensure that no problems and complications arise.

Furthermore, our nurse will help the patient clean and protect the surgery wounds, supervise medication and treatment, and provide the necessary counseling that is needed by the patient.

Weekly Doctor Visits and Consultation

Our doctor will conduct weekly visits to the patient to assess and evaluate his or her recovery status. Moreover, the doctor will provide the necessary treatment, medicine, and consultation that are needed to increase the patient’s chances of achieving good health and full recovery.

Daily Caretaker Assistance and Companionship (12 hours per Day)

Our compassionate and dedicated caretaker will assist the patient in performing his day to day activities such as eating, bathing, and dressing. He or she will also monitor the patient’s health condition and assist in the intake of medicine and other treatments required.