Going Back To Work

After your transplant, going back to work and settling back into your normal routine can help you feel like yourself again and keep you active. But it’s not always as easy as it seems. And it may take some time before you’re able to readjust.

The recovery process is also different for everyone. Sometimes it can take 3-6 months to recover. Sometimes, it can take longer. Recovery depends a lot on what kind of transplant you’ve had and your condition before going into the surgery. You should talk with your doctor to determine when you should return to work.

When you are cleared to return to work, here are some tips to help you make the transition:

Return to work slowly

Before returning to the hustle and bustle of the working world, try out a less-demanding job or project. For instance, volunteer or do work around the house. Sometimes transplant patients have complications and have to go back into the hospital, so pick a job that offers flexibility.

Clear up work misconceptions

A lot of people don’t realize how common transplants can be and often treat people who’ve had one as fragile or ill.

Talking openly with your co-workers and boss about your transplant experience can not only change their perceptions and expectations, but can also put everyone at ease.

If you feel like you’re being treated unfairly, talk to a manager or work confidant. Ask a transplant social worker for help or go to a support group for some advice on how best to handle your situation.

Seek additional support

If you're having difficulty reentering the working world, ask your transplant social worker about vocational rehabilitation services in your area. These services help people return to work who've been out of the workforce because of a disability.