Discharge and Outpatient Care

Discharge and Outpatient Care

After discharge from the hospital, you will regularly visit the Organ Transplant Program outpatient clinic. At each clinic visit, you will have lab work (blood tests) to assess your kidney function, blood counts and level of immunosuppression. You will be seen by members of the transplant team which includes nephrologists, surgeons, nurse practioners, and transplant nurse coordinators. They will assess you for a variety of conditions. For example, they will examine you to ensure that your surgical incision is healing properly, that your blood pressure is well controlled, and that your immunosuppressive drug levels are appropriate.

During the first two weeks after you leave the hospital, you will come to the clinic two times a week. Clinic visits become less frequent in the following weeks and months. This schedule depends in part on your doctor’s preferences and how close you live to the transplant center. Since you will be restricted from driving for four weeks after surgery, you will need to arrange transportation to the clinic.

Out-of-area patients

Out-of-the-area patients (those living 1 hour or more away from the hospital) are required to stay close to the hospital after discharge Out-of-state patients should be prepared to stay in Seattle for six to eight weeks following transplant. The Organ Transplant Program can offer financial assistance for housing as needed so that you can stay at a local apartment or hotel while receiving outpatient treatment.

Recovery

The total transplant recovery period varies with each person and depends on your new organ’s function, the possibility of rejection, the amount of medication needed and complications. Most patients return to work about eight weeks after being discharged from the hospital. Your physician will make recommendations regarding activity level, when to resume exercising and when it is appropriate to return to work. Our social worker will be available to help you with issues related to returning to work or specific home situations.

Contact Information

Transplant Program
1101 Madison
First Hill Campus, Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206-386-3660 or 1-800-99ORGAN (1-800-996-7426)
Fax: 206-386-3644
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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