Post-Transplant Care

Receiving an organ transplant is a gift that requires great care after the surgery and a lifelong commitment to healthy living to ensure that the organ lasts as long as possible.

Please call the Transplant Center if you have any of the following signs or symptoms:

  • Fever above 100.5
  • Shortness of breath
  • Productive cough, or a cough that will not go away
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • Inability to obtain or take your medications
  • New rash
  • Burning or bleeding with urination
  • More frequent urination
  • Exposure to anyone with mumps, measles, chicken pox or shingles
  • Pain, redness or discharge from your incision
  • Elevated fasting blood glucose levels (above 200 on two or more occasions)

At the time of your discharge, you will receive extensive instructions for all of your new medications, and for your follow up. It is important to listen to the advice of your transplant team, and to be your own advocate when you have concerns or questions.

Following transplantation, you will be taking immunosuppression medications daily to prevent rejection of the organ. These drugs reduce your immune system function, so it is equally important to make sure you do not develop any infections after transplant.

Initially, you will be seen once or twice a week in clinic, and you will have labs drawn twice a week so your doctors can monitor the function of your new organ and make sure the levels of medication in your blood are appropriate.

If for some reason you are unable to take your medications, unable to come to clinic or unable to have your blood drawn, please notify our team immediately so that we may assist you. We have a team on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

In case of an emergency, please proceed to the nearest Emergency Room and have the doctor there call the Massachusetts General Hospital Transplant Center at 617-726-5277.General Wellness Tips:

  • Avoid contact with sick people after surgery
  • If someone is sick in your household, wear a surgical mask
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Avoid driving until you are off all pain medications and able to move about without any discomfort
  • Return to work when you feel comfortable
  • Take walks daily
  • Avoid heavy lifting for two months following surgery

Discover the Transplant Center patient experience

Our approach to patient care brings together a team of transplant specialists who create a personalized treatment plan for each patient.