The post-transplant journey begins the moment you leave the hospital. You may feel better than you did before the transplant. Many people feel relief that the surgery is over, and they look forward to getting back to daily activities. However, other feelings of concern are common. You may experience:
Remember that you’re not alone. Your transplant team is there for you after you leave the hospital. Consider discussing your concerns with them. They may suggest support groups or other healthcare providers who can help with issues you may have. They may also be able to put you in touch with other transplant recipients who have been through the recovery process and can give you advice and support.
After your transplant surgery, taking care of yourself is important to your recovery. As part of your recovery, your transplant team may tell you to:
Your healthcare provider will likely prescribe anti-rejection medication to help protect your newly transplanted organ.
You will probably visit your transplant team frequently so they can do tests to make sure your organ is working the way it should.
Your transplant team may explain how to keep you and your organ healthy and may suggest important lifestyle changes. This website provides information about living a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise. Remember to always talk to your healthcare provider before making any diet or exercise changes.
You should also be aware of health risks after a transplant and take steps to prevent them.
See Health Risks and Prevention After a Transplant to learn more.