Liver transplant can have excellent outcomes. Recipients have been known to live a normal life over 30 years after the operation.
Transplant Recipients directly contribute to the success of the transplant. Failure to comply with the immunosuppression medical regiman is the number one cause of organ failure. Close follow up with your transplant team and primary care physician can help ensure a good outcome. Careful attention to medication schedules Lifestyle changes, infection avoidance techniques and all important ways to prolong one's life after transplantation.
The first three following transplantation are most difficult. The body is adjusting to the new liver and the medications needed to maintain the health. Most patients can return to work within 3 to 6 months after a transplant. Playing sports and getting healthy exercise socializing and travelling for business and pleasure are all possible. The centre expectation is that people who undergo transplantation can and do go ahead with normal lives.
Certain liver diseases can reappear in the new liver. One example is hepatitis C. In cases where there is a risk of recurrence the transplant team will monitor you very closely to help prevent recurrence.
Most patients are hospitalized for 7- 10 days after the transplant. Afterwards they generally reculate at home and typically return to work or school after 3 months.
No not only is alcohol toxic to the liver It can also interfere with the metabolism of certain medications Be aware that many non alcoholic beers do contain some alcohol.
Yes Sexual activity can resume early after discharge from the hospital. Because of illness many patients impotence or lack of desire prior to transplant. This usually reverses after transplant, but a patient's libido tends to return slowly.
Many couples are able to have children after liver transplantation with minimum risk to the mother and the baby. Women are advised to wait at least one year following transplantation before trying to conceive. It is important to discuss such plants with the transplant team. Planning the pregnancy and receiving close follow up care throughout are key.
It is not advisable to drive a car within first four weeks following transplantation.
Stop Smoking. Smoking is harmful to everyone's health
There is no reason why you should not enjoy travelling provided you use common sense. You should always take enough medication with you for the whole trip. Always leave an address where you can be contacted.
It is not normally recommended to have household pets because of the increased risk of infection.
After your transplant going back to work and settling back to your normal routine can help you feel like yourself again and keep you active but it is always as easy as it seems. And it may take some time before you are able to readjust.
Monitoring health and a new liver at home
After a patient is discharged from a hospital, he may be asked to monitor:
Temperature A patient should check and record temperature any time he feels chilled, hot achy or ill. This may be the first sign of infection.
Warning DO NOT USE Ibuprofen, Aspirin or other such product expect under the direction of a physician, as these drugs may cause further symptoms. If a patient's temperature is higher than normal at any time, he should notify his transplant coordinator immediately. This is considered an emergency because an elevated temperature should indicate a serious infection or rejection.
Blood Pressure - A nurse or transplant coordinator will show how to measure blood pressure if necessary.The top number (systolic) is noted when the sound changes (not stops). It is important that a person knows his normal Blood pressure normal changes and when he should be concerned.
Pulse- If a patient is taking medication that affects heart rate, the nurse or coordinator will show how to check his own pulse at home.
Note- If a patient experiences chest pain or has difficulty breathing, he should call 911 for an ambulance and go to nearest emergency room. He SHOULD NOT attempt to drive himself
Weight - The patient may himself on a standard bathroom scale at the same time every morning (after going to the toilet). If he gains more than two pounds per day, he could be retaining fluid. This should be reported to the transplant coordinator.
While primary concerns involve infection and rejection many other problems, such as colds or flu adjustment of other medications and minor infections can be handled by a local physician
A patient needs to take precautions and learn to watch for signs of infection and rejection that necessitate notifying a local physician or transplant team immediately. These include:
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