Once your child is asleep, the transplant surgeon will make a cut (incision) on either the right or left side of the lower abdomen, just above the groin area. This incision looks like a small hockey stick.
The new kidney's blood vessels are attached to your child's blood vessels, and the tube draining urine from it will be attached to your child's bladder. Often, the kidney will start making urine right away, but sometimes it may take days to weeks before it starts working. If there is a delay in the function of the new kidney, your child may need some dialysis treatments until the kidney does start to work.