Learning About Transplants
How successful are transplants? continued...
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.