To keep your new organ healthy
and to help you live longer after an
Keep your doctor appointments. Regular follow-up with your doctor is important to check for organ rejection.
Get regular blood and tissue tests
so your doctor knows whether the new organ is accepted or rejected. Rejection doesn't mean that you will lose the new organ. Adding or changing medicines may still prevent
Eat regular, healthy meals to control your weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels.
Be sure to get plenty of calcium and
vitamin D to help prevent osteoporosis, or thinning bones.
Watch for changes from how you normally feel, how much energy
you have, and how active you are. This can help you identify new problems as they come up.
Tell your dentist that you have had an organ transplant.
The antirejection medicines may increase
your risk of mouth infections. Special precautions may be needed in teeth cleaning or other dental work.
Stay away from people who are
sick. Your immune system is weakened by the antirejection drugs. Before you do any traveling, talk with your
doctor to see if you need to take any precautions.
Carry a medical identification card or wear a medical ID bracelet that states that you have had an organ transplant.