Post-surgical care is a fundamental and integral part of a successful heart transplant surgery. It is important to plan and be well prepared for post-surgical care. Being well planned helps you avoid unnecessary emergencies and give yourself the best possible chance of recovering in the stipulated timeframe.
As a patient, it is important for you to have a family member/close relative stay with you for the duration of your post-surgical recovery. The caregiver must be a constant company, provide logistical & physical assistance in addition to emotional strength and support.
Some of the key aspects of a post-surgical plan include:
Adopting a healthy lifestyle including a heart-healthy diet, regular exercise, and stress management. Given the fact that the heart disease and the subsequent heart transplant have been necessitated due to an unhealthy lifestyle it is now imperative to choose a healthier alternative.
Taking all of your medicines correctly and on time is vital to ensure you don't pick up infections and complications. As a transplant patient, you are likely to be taking medicines for a considerable length of time and it is helpful if you can incorporate your medicine schedule into your daily activity plan.
A transplant patient is placed on a dose of immunosuppressants for the remainder of his or her life. This is to ensure that the body does not reject the transplanted organ. Thus, it is important to constantly monitoring the patient for infection, rejection and/or other complications.
Staying in touch with your transplant team will help you smoothly transition into your post-transplant life. Regularly visiting the hospital for prescribed post-surgical visits helps the transplant team assess your progress and suggest any changes of medication etc.