In The Hospital
After the surgery you will be taken to the intensive care unit and given pain medication. Transplantation surgeries usually require an in-hospital stay of several days.
During this time you’ll be monitored closely to make sure your organ properly functions. You will receive IV fluids until you are able to take in adequate food and fluids. Your immunosuppression (antirejection) medications will be closely monitored. Blood samples will be taken to monitor the status of the new organ, as well as other body functions.
Your diet will be gradually advanced from liquids to more solid foods as you tolerate them. Maintaining a healthy diet is critical to your transplantation success. Your liquid intake may be restricted until the new organ is fully functional. Your physician may clear you to begin physical activity as soon as the day after the procedure.
Nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, physical therapists, and other members of the transplant team will teach you how to live with your heart, liver, kidney or pancreatic transplant once you are discharged from the hospital.