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Transfer to the normal ward

After a course of events without complications, the preparation for discharge follows

After the stay in the VTS surgical recovery ward, the patient is transferred to the normal ward. Here the further adjustment of the therapy is continued. Also on the normal ward, the function of the organs and especially of the new organ is checked by regular blood tests and ultrasound examinations. This means that action can be taken in good time if any problems arise.

You should move as much as possible to regain your strength after the major operation. In the beginning, trained physiotherapists will help you with this. This also includes regular breathing therapy to prevent dangerous pneumonia. In the course of your stay as an in-patient, you will have a more and more normal daily routine and will be able to eat your meals and take your medication independently.

The dose of the tablets you take for immunosuppression will be adjusted after measuring your blood levels. At the beginning, frequent level checks are necessary until stable valley levels are reached. It is important that you already internalise how much of which immunosuppressive medication you need to take. Thus trained, you are well prepared to take your medication on your own responsibility even after discharge.

The exact and conscientious intake of the medication is decisive for the further success of the transplantation. In addition to the immunosuppressive medications, you will also take other medications in the initial phase, for example, to prevent possible infections. You will notice that the many medications you have to take in the initial period after the transplantation become less and less with time.

Of course, when you are discharged, a detailed letter will be sent to your family doctor's office explaining how to continue taking your medication and how to stop taking it as scheduled after a certain period of time. Please do not hesitate to ask the ward staff if you are unclear or uncertain.

When the inpatient treatment is completed, the follow-up rehabilitation usually begins as a direct transfer or on the 14th day after discharge from hospital at the latest, which usually lasts three weeks.

Author: Victor Lozanovski, MD (Surgeon)