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What does recovery from an organ transplant look like?

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It depends in part on what surgery you have, and the hospital where you had it. Right after the operation, you may go to an intensive care or critical care unit.

If you're feeling good, you may see visitors the same day as your surgery.

During recovery, the emphasis is on getting you up and active. How long you can expect to stay in the hospital depends on things like how sick you were when you went in and how your surgery went. For kidney transplants, it's often 4 or 5 days; for kidney and pancreas, it may be 7 to 10 days. Liver transplants are also often 7 to 10 days.

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Marwan Abouljoud, director, Transplant Institute, Henry Ford Hospital System, Detroit.

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "The Transplant Team."

Penelope Loughhead, LMSW, transplant social worker, Memorial Hermann Hospital, Houston.

Diane Kasper, RN, heart transplant coordinator, Mayo Clinic Hospital, Phoenix.

United Network for Organ Sharing.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on August 20, 2019

SOURCES: 

Marwan Abouljoud, director, Transplant Institute, Henry Ford Hospital System, Detroit.

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "The Transplant Team."

Penelope Loughhead, LMSW, transplant social worker, Memorial Hermann Hospital, Houston.

Diane Kasper, RN, heart transplant coordinator, Mayo Clinic Hospital, Phoenix.

United Network for Organ Sharing.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on August 20, 2019

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