After the transplant
Taking care of your health and taking all of your medications is even more important after an organ transplant. It’s critical to preventing rejection.
After dealing with the effects of long-term illness, you may feel euphoric when you wake up after surgery to find those symptoms gone. Anesthesia often protects you from post-surgical pain for a short time. Follow your team’s pain management instructions to make the overall experience as comfortable as possible. Transplant is major surgery. It may take time to get back to eating normally, moving around, and managing your own care. Don’t be discouraged. Most recipients report feeling much better just after transplant. Others take longer to adjust. Remember that you now have a functioning organ, which gives you a new lease on life.
After receiving your transplant, you will continue to work closely with your transplant team, who will play an active role in your recovery. Although living with a transplant will give you a new lease on life, caring for a healthy organ involves taking sensible steps to recover fully and return to a normal, active lifestyle.
Clinical expert from University Transplant Center and liver transplant recipient, Darnell Waun, gives advice on what patients can expect after transplant surgery.