Liver Transplant Transplant Services

Taking Care of Your New Organ

After you are discharged from the hospital, you will need to remain local (within one hour drive to Stanford) for four to six weeks or longer. Your designated support person must live with you during this time. If you do not live in the area, HOME Apartments are available at Stanford for patients and their families. Your transplant social worker can assist you with arrangements.

Initially, you will have your blood drawn twice a week to monitor your progress. Your transplant physicians may adjust your transplant medications in order to prevent liver rejection and infection.

Transplant Medications

Anti-rejection medications, also called “immunosuppressants,” are given to transplant recipients to prevent and treat rejection. Immunosuppressants “blindfold” your immune system to help keep it from signaling an attack on your new organ. You will need to take these medications every day. If you stop taking these medications, rejection will occur. You should not change the dose of your anti-rejection medications on your own.

In addition, you will be taking medications to prevent certain opportunistic infections during the first year after transplant.

We will provide you with a Discharge Manual when you are ready to leave the hospital. This guide will help you stay on track with your medication regimen and post-transplant care.

Going Home

Once you are released to return to your local area, you will need to schedule a visit with your Primary Care Physician (PCP). The transplant team works closely with your PCP to manage your care on an ongoing basis. You will also have periodic visits with your transplant hepatologist and your labs will be monitored indefinitely by the transplant team to look for rejection or other transplant complications.

It is important to follow up with your primary care physician to receive appropriate screening for cancer since anti-rejection medications may increase your risk of cancer development.

Remember:
  1. All medications must be taken exactly as prescribed by your transplant physician.
  2. Never stop or change any medication without first discussing it with your transplant hepatologist or nurse coordinator.
  3. If your liver fails as a result of rejection from not taking your medications, you will not be offered another transplant.

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