Transplant Recovery | Kidney, Liver & Pancreas | MedStar Health

Immediately after surgery, you will be monitored by the transplant team carefully. Your pain will be controlled with medications, and we will do everything we can to make sure you are as comfortable as possible. Most transplant patients have a significant reduction in pain during the first few days after surgery. Some people experience prolonged discomfort.

During your stay you will be instructed on how to assume responsibility for your everyday care. You will be encouraged to get out of bed at least three times a day and walk around your room and the halls. This increases your circulation and aids in healing.

You must remain in the local area for four to six weeks post discharge for monitoring.

Possible risks and complications

Your transplant team is watching for the following possible complications:

  • Acute rejection of the new organ

  • Delayed functioning

  • Damaged bile ducts or bile leaks

  • Infection

  • Recurrence of the original disease

  • Blood clots

  • Bleeding problems

Please do not be scared or anxious about possible complications. These are relatively rare, and our team has many solutions for possible complications. All transplants carry risk and we do everything we can to minimize those risks.

Monitoring your new organ

Blood tests are continually monitored for the first few days after transplantation. These tests are monitored daily until you leave the hospital, and then weekly in the office thereafter. After the first month following the transplant, tests are done less frequently.

Keeping your organs healthy

The transplant process is a long and complicated one. Now that your healthy organ is functioning inside your body, you must assume responsibility for your everyday care.

We know this can be the scariest part of the transplantation process for some patients, and we have numerous support systems set up to help you, including your post-transplant coordinator.

Steps to care for your new, healthy organ include:

  • Take all your medications and follow your medication schedule.

  • Avoid infections: Stay away from people with viral infections or colds for the first few months after transplant.

  • Stay in contact with your support services: Always call your nurse or doctor after transplant for any new symptoms that arise, including bleeding, fevers, diarrhea, or other problems.

  • Follow your diet: You are prone to fluid retention and eating the prescribed diet with low salt and simple sugars is important early after the transplant.

  • Please follow your patient discharge instructions carefully.

Additional information

Transplant clinic lab hours

Monday: 7:30 am to 4 pm
Tuesday: 7:30 am to 4 pm
Wednesday: 9 am to 6 pm
Thursday: 7:30 am to 4 pm
Friday: 7 am to 3:30 pm

Research & clinical trials

Research is a critical part of what we do at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Learn more about our research on treating and managing advanced disease and transplantation surgery.