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UC San Diego Hillcrest Medical Center, 8th Floor, Room 8-308
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After surgery, you will be is transferred to the surgical immediate or intensive care unit. Gradually, you and your care partner will practice administering necessary medications under the close supervision of the transplant pharmacist, hepatologist and surgeon. This prepares you to handle taking your medications properly at home.
You could be in the hospital from a week to upwards of six weeks, depending on how healthy you were before surgery, and how well your body is responding to the transplanted liver. If you don’t live in San Diego, you will need to plan for where you and your care partner will be living in San Diego for at least six weeks after surgery.
We encourage you to get up and out of bed as soon as you can. Most liver transplant recipients can return to a normal or near-normal existence and participate in fairly vigorous physical exercise six to 12 months after successful surgery.
Following your transplant surgery you will need to take immunosuppressive medications to help prevent and help treat rejection for life. These drugs decrease your body's resistance to your new liver, but may impair your ability to fight off infections. You will need to take medication to help prevent infections. You should also avoid contact with people with any infection that is contagious, especially during the first three to six months after your transplant.
People who are well one year after a liver transplant have an excellent chance at long-term survival. Heart disease and cancer are the most common diseases that can result in death after transplant besides recurrent liver disease.
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