You have completed your transplant. Now, your recovery begins. You likely have more opportunities to enjoy all that life has to offer. And to make sure you’re ready for whatever comes your way, there are many things that you can do to improve your health. There are also things that you can do to prevent or treat problems that may show up later.
Watching for Rejection
Although you and your doctor will work towards avoiding rejection, it can occur, even years after transplant surgery. That is why it is important to stay in tune with your body.
Call your transplant team right away if you experience any of the following events as they could signal a problem:
Understanding Transplant Medicine
Through transplantation, thousands of people have been able to lead healthier lives. However, our bodies don’t easily accept transplanted organs, and medications are needed to help protect your transplant and ease treatment side effects.
Having to remember to take several pills, multiple times a day may seem overwhelming, but there are ways to successfully manage your medication regimen, including:
Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
While living a healthy life is important for everyone, following these guidelines is especially important for transplant survivors.
Transplant survivors should:
In addition, survivors and their family members should be asked about depression and offered help when needed.