Wednesday, 10 July 2019
Stevie Wonder announced on Saturday that he’ll undergo a kidney transplant in September.The 69-year-old music legend made the announcement during a concert in London’s Hyde Park, reports ABC News.While he didn’t offer more information on his condition, end-stage chronic kidney disease and kidney failure are among the top reasons for needing a kidney transplant. Wonder also said he’d take a break from touring due to the surgery.
Wonder’s announcement puts a spotlight on the approximately 100,000 people waiting for a kidney transplant in the United States.Those waiting for a transplant can spend years on the organ donation list, but experts say there are ways to prepare mentally and physically for the life-changing surgery.
Organ transplant is a life-saving operation, but it’s also a major commitment before, during, and after the transplant. Taking time to prepare before a major operation can help organ transplant recipients recover faster.Healthline gathered some expert advice on how transplant candidates can prepare themselves for an organ transplant.