Visiting nurses are the eyes and ears of the transplant team
after your discharge. They will check
your medications, vital signs, incisions, drains and will also look for signs
of infection. Depending on your
condition, you may be visited daily or three times per week. The VNA visits will continue until you are
healthy enough to take care of yourself.
When a foreign object enters the body, the immune system
recognizes it as unfamiliar and will try to destroy it in order to protect the
body. Your body will view your
transplanted liver as a foreign object and will try to destroy it. The process is called rejection, and to combat
it, you will have to take several medications called immunosuppressants that
will prevent your immune system from attacking your new liver.
Your first dose of immunosuppressants will take place at the
time of your surgery, and you will need to take them for as long as your
transplanted liver is functioning within your body. Some of the medications have side effects, and
you may have to take additional medications to counteract these unwanted
Our post-transplant nurse coordinator and our transplant pharmacist will educate you on all aspects of your medications. They will give you a card that describes the
medicines you need to take as well as their side effects, and the time,
frequency and amount of each that you should take.
Remember that after you leave the hospital and are finished
with VNA visits, taking your medications correctly will be your
responsibility. You should call the transplant office if you miss a medication dose or have other concerns.
The following can generally be expected during your
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