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Recovery and rehabilitation should be your main concerns after your transplant. Your transplant team, including surgeons, specialists, nurses, dieticians, and social workers will follow you throughout your recovery. Each patient’s path to recovery is different, and it can be months before a patient is fully healed from the surgery.
After your surgery, you’ll spend several days in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU). You will have many monitors attached to you to keep track of your condition:
You and your caregiver will be instructed in how to manage your care during your recovery period. This includes medication information and daily living instructions.
After your transplant, you will have regular appointments in an outpatient clinic. As you improve, these appointments will be less frequent. Arrangements for blood tests and medication management can be made through your primary care provider, or through your local Johns Hopkins Community Physician.
The United Network for Organ Sharing requires that hospitals follow-up with patients for at least two years after a transplant. Often, the relationships developed between our physicians and patients last decades longer.