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Learning About Transplants

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Organ rejection is possible. When a new organ is placed into your body, your immune system sees it as foreign and tries to destroy it. Antirejection medicines can help prevent your immune system from attacking the donor organ.

You may worry about organ rejection or that your surgery will not be successful for another reason. These thoughts are normal. Many people write an advance directive and choose a health care agent when they are waiting for a transplant.

Writing an Advance Directive
Choosing a Health Care Agent

How can you get ready?

While you are waiting for your organ transplant, you will be given a pager or cell phone so the transplant center can contact you to tell you an organ is available. You may also wish to give the transplant center several numbers where you can be reached and the name and number of a few people who will always know how to reach you.

Arrange in advance for someone to go with you to the transplant center. This person can support you, listen to your doctor, and help you remember important instructions. This person can also report any change in behaviors or symptoms that you may have either before or shortly after the transplant.

Have your suitcase packed with the things you need to take with you to the transplant center. Your support person should also have a bag packed and ready to go.

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Last Updated: May 18, 2012
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