Organ Transplant Recovery

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
  • Infection
  • 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

Based on the blood tests, should a biopsy become necessary for timely and definitive assessment of how your organ is doing, our dedicated team of transplant pathologists will evaluate and interpret the biopsy results with speed and accuracy. This information will be quickly relayed to the transplant clinical team for guidance on appropriate therapeutic decisions to restore the health of your transplanted organ. Learn more about our transplant pathologists.

Make an Appointment

For more information or to schedule an appointment with a transplant specialist, please call our scheduling line:


Transplant Clinic Lab Hours

Monday: 7:30 am to 4 pm
Tuesday: 7:30 am to 4 pm
Wednesday: 9 am to 6 pm
Thursday: 7:30 am to 4 pm
Friday: 7 am to 3:30 pm

Research & Clinical Trials

Research is a critical part of what we do at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Learn more about our research on treating and managing advanced disease and transplantation surgery.