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Liver Transplant Patients Must Make Regular Hospital Visits After Surgery

Male physician talking with a male patientAfter your liver transplant surgery at Tampa General Hospital, you will need to stay within an hour’s drive of Tampa General for the next four to six weeks. If you live more than an hour away, our social workers can assist you with finding appropriate housing, and Tampa General’s Transplant House may be a viable option. If you were very sick before your procedure was performed, you may be discharged to a local rehabilitation facility for a short time to help you regain physical strength before you return to your home or other lodging.

During the four to six weeks following your surgery, you will make important, regular visits to the Tampa General Medical Group’s Transplant & Specialty Services location at 409 Bayshore Blvd. There, you’ll undergo exams and labs that can help our team monitor your progress and note any signs of infection or organ rejection. Every patient that receives a liver transplant from our hospital is different, so the specific post-operative examination schedule can vary. However, here is a sample of what a typical patient can expect:

  • Weekly visits for the first month after surgery
  • Twice monthly visits for the second and third months after surgery
  • Monthly visits for the fourth, fifth, and sixth months after surgery
  • Visits every two or three months during months seven through 12 after surgery
  • Annual visits every subsequent year to undergo a series of additional tests

Throughout the post-operative process, it’s essential to bring along family or friends who are willing to assist you with your liver transplant recovery. Not only will you need someone to drive you back and forth from the clinic, but you’ll also need a devoted care partner to accompany you to every meeting. In anticipation of the complex medical care required for your recovery at home, your care partner should understand the challenges ahead. One of the many responsibilities that you will have is keeping a current list of your medications and recording your vital statistics on a regular basis – this is data that you will need to bring to all of your follow-up examinations at TGMG Transplant & Specialty Services to ensure that your liver transplant health care team can recognize signs of potential problems and make any necessary treatment adjustments.

For more information about the appointment schedule for liver transplant patients at Tampa General Hospital, please call the transplant office at 1-800-505-7769 (press 4 for the liver transplant program and ask for the referral coordinator), or call the coordinator directly at (813) 844-8686.