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BiologicTx Patient Services  |  Post-Transplant

CONGRATULATIONS!

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:

  • Fever over 100°F (38°C)
  • Flu-like symptoms such as chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, dizziness, or body aches and pains
  • Retaining fluids or having sudden weight gain
  • Tiredness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Blue or pale nail beds
  • Change in heart rate
  • Decreased urine output

 

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.

 

Remember:

  • All medications must be taken exactly as prescribed by your transplant physician
  • Never stop or change any medication without first discussing it with your transplant physician or nurse coordinator

 

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:

  • Use a treatment journal
  • Organize medications in a pill box one week at a time
  • Use an alarm or timer on your watch to remind you when it’s time to take your medications
  • Make it part of your daily routine (i.e.: at meal time, or before bed)

 

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:

  • Avoid smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Be physically active 20–30 minutes most days of the week
  • Maintain a healthy body weight
  • Avoid alcohol or use alcohol only in moderation, usually less than 2 drinks per day
  • Wear sunscreen and avoid excessive exposure to the sun
  • Avoid use of illegal drugs
  • Discuss all medications with your doctor, including herbal or alternative medications you may be taking and medications you can get without a prescription. Any of these may cause problems for some transplant survivors.

 

In addition, survivors and their family members should be asked about depression and offered help when needed.