After your surgery, you will be transferred to the Surgical Intensive Care Unit for at least 24 hours, then transferred to the Transplant Unit as soon as possible. Your hospital stay could be 10 days to two weeks, depending on complications and your condition.
You will be seen daily by the transplant surgeons, midlevel providers and discharge coordinators. You’ll receive individualized education from floor nurses and attend education classes on medication and general discharge instructions. The discharge coordinators manage your care process, communicate with insurance case managers and plan for discharge. A social worker will visit you to address any psychosocial issues associated with the transplant.
A post-transplant coordinator also will call shortly after discharge to answer any remaining questions and to discuss long-term follow-up with the transplant program.
Once you are discharged, you are followed on an outpatient basis with vital signs and laboratory profiles evaluated by a transplant coordinator and a transplant surgeon. Within one week of discharge from the hospital, you will be seen in the outpatient clinic and then adhere to the following schedule:
- Weekly for two weeks
- Every two weeks until eight weeks
- Monthly for two months
- Every three to six months until two years post-transplant.
You will be seen annually thereafter, unless more frequent visits are required. After you are released by your surgeon, you will be seen by the Transplant Medicine Service. Lab frequency is reduced as you progress.
We will communicate with your referring physician at the beginning and end of each hospitalization, as well as with each outpatient clinic visit.
Because of the many interactions of other medications with immunosuppressives, please check with the post-transplant office prior to filling any prescription.