Post Transplant Surgery Care
After transplant, your decisions and dedication to your own self-care at home will be vital to your health and the success of your transplant. The following life style changes are advised .To have the best outcome as a transplant recipient.
- Know all your medications: doses, times and why you are taking them and what to avoid while taking medications.
- Follow your medication schedule daily and make changes only as ordered by your transplant physician.
- Maintain routine contact with your transplant team through your transplant coordinator.
- Attend follow-up appointments and/or transplant clinic as instructed.
- Have blood tests drawn routinely as required.
- Monitor your weight, blood pressure, and temperature as required.
- Maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced diet, regular exercise, and routine check-ups.
- Avoid smoking and drinking as it increase the chances of malignancies and vascular diseases (heart attacks and strokes)
- If planning for a trip to abroad that requires immunization, you should ask the transplant team. Always carry the latest medical prescription and medicines.
Avoid infection by taking the following precautions.
- Wash hands often and Stay away from people with colds or other infections.
- If the patient has a wound and must change his own dressing, wash hands before and after.
- Avoid handling animal waste and avoid contact with animals who roam outside.
- Avoid working in the soil for 6 months after the transplant. Thereafter, wear gloves.
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