Life After Transplant : Recovery After Liver Transplantation
Liver transplant have excellent outcomes. Recipients have been known to live a normal life over 30 years after the operation. It is important to remember that many factors come into play with these statistics.
Transplant recipients directly contribute to the success of their transplant. Failure to comply with the suppression medical regimen is the number one cause of organ failure. Close follow-up with your transplant team can help ensure a good outcome. Careful attention to medication schedules, lifestyle changes, infection-avoidance strategies are all important ways to prolong one’s life after transplantation.
Important ways to prolong one’s life after transplantation.
The first three months following transplantation are the most difficult. The body is adjusting to the “new” liver and all the medications needed to maintain it. By the time of discharge from the hospital patients are able to care for themselves, with some minor restrictions.
It is vital that these medications are taken as prescribed, in the proper amounts and at the specified times. Missing medication doses or discontinuing them on one’s own can lead to rejection and organ failure.
Sexual activity can resume early after discharge from the hospital. Because of illness, many patients experience impotence or lack of desire prior to the transplant. This usually reverses itself after transplant. Because of their chronic illness, many people are unable to conceive prior to transplant, but this may not be the case afterwards. Babies born to immunosuppressed mothers tend to have lower birth weights than average, but are generally healthy.