Elizabeth Thomas, DOGeneral Surgery Transplant
Gregory Abrahamian, MDGeneral Surgery Transplant
Shirin Sharma, MDInternal Medicine Nephrology
Rely on your lung transplant care team at University Health for compassionate, patient-center care during and after your recovery.
Post-Transplant Surgery Care
Recover from your lung transplant surgery in the transplant intensive care unit (ICU). Your care team will monitor you closely. You’ll have a ventilator to help you breathe, tubes to drain fluid, and an intravenous (IV) line to provide hydration and medications. You’ll spend one to three days in the ICU. Then you’ll move to the transplant care unit.
Your Hospital Stay
Enjoy comfortable, private rooms on the transplant care unit at University Health. Rest and heal with the attentive, compassionate care of dedicated transplant staff. Your hospital care will include:
- 24/7 hospital physicians
- Advanced technology and equipment for all your health needs
- Daily multidisciplinary medical care
- Friendly, bilingual staff
The average length of a hospital stay is 10 days after surgery.
Strength & Physical Rehabilitation
Work with a physical therapist to determine your strength recovery and ability to return home after surgery. If necessary, you may move to the rehabilitation unit at University Health for additional help.
Lung Rejection Prevention
Depend on your care team to monitor you for lung rejection symptoms. When your body detects something unfamiliar, your immune system tries to reject or get rid of it. To prevent rejection of your transplanted lungs, you’ll take anti-rejection (immunosuppressant) medications for the rest of your life.
You’ll take more medications after your transplant than you did before. Count on your discharge coordinator to provide detailed information about your medications and daily home care before leaving the hospital.
Keep your transplanted lung(s) healthy by taking all your medications exactly as prescribed. You will take medications to help:
- Avoid infection
- Boost essential nutrients
- Control body fluids
- Protect against lung rejection
- Treat high blood pressure
- Stop stomach ulcers
For a successful lung transplant, comply with your medication schedule. If you stop taking your medications, you’ll reject your transplanted lung(s).
Your Complete Guide to Transplant Care
You’ll receive an Organ Transplant Manual before you leave the hospital. Refer to the manual after you go home for complete transplant care information and instructions.
Follow-Up Transplant Care
Attend your lung transplant follow-up appointments in a transplant clinic weekly for the first three months after transplant. We’ll monitor you closely for rejection symptoms and/or infection. You’ll have tests and talk with your transplant pulmonologist at each appointment.
Your follow-up appointments will become less frequent as time goes on.
You’ll be responsible for self-care, including:
- Attending pulmonary rehabilitation at University Health or another rehabilitation center under your doctor’s supervision
- Avoiding smoking and limiting alcohol
- Controlling your weight, as directed by your doctor
- Following a healthy diet and nutrition plan
- Monitoring your weight, blood pressure, pulse, temperature, lung function, and blood sugar
- Taking medications daily as prescribed
Communicate with Your Care Team
Establish good communication with your transplant care team to prevent confusion and unintentional noncompliance. Call 210-358-4500 when you have questions about your self-care routine or need support.
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