Immediately after surgery, you will be monitored by the transplant team carefully. Your pain will be controlled with medications, and we will do everything we can to make sure you are as comfortable as possible. Most transplant patients have a significant reduction in pain during the first few days after surgery. Some people experience prolonged discomfort.
During your stay you will be instructed on how to assume responsibility for your everyday care. You will be encouraged to get out of bed at least three times a day and walk around your room and the halls. This increases your circulation and aids in healing.
You must remain in the local area for four to six weeks post discharge for monitoring.
Possible Risks and Complications
Your Transplant Team is watching for the following possible complications:
- Acute rejection of the new organ
- Delayed functioning
- Damaged bile ducts or bile leaks
- Recurrence of the original disease
- Blood clots
- Bleeding problems
Please do not be scared or anxious about possible complications. These are relatively rare, and our team has many solutions for possible complications. All transplants carry risk and we do everything we can to minimize those risks.
Monitoring Your New Organ
Blood tests are continually monitored for the first few days after transplantation. These tests are monitored daily until you leave the hospital, and then weekly in the office thereafter. After the first month following the transplant, tests are done less frequently.
Learn more how to keep your new organ healthy.
Make an Appointment
For more information or to schedule an appointment with a transplant specialist at The MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute, call