Liver Transplant Patient Education
Education is key to helping patients make informed and confident decisions about their care. At Tampa General Hospital’s Transplant Institute, we emphasize open communication with our liver transplant patients and carefully help them navigate each step of surgery preparation and recovery, equipping them with the information necessary to achieve optimal outcomes. As a patient in our program, you’ll benefit from the following services:
Everyone should prioritize food safety, but it is particularly important for you to be mindful of the foods you eat following liver transplant surgery. This is largely due to the immunosuppressive medication you’ll be taking. While these drugs will help prevent your body from rejecting your new liver, they can also increase the risk of foodborne illness.
Your multidisciplinary treatment team will include a nutritionist who will provide you with comprehensive nutrition guidelines and ways you can use smart diet choices to help maximize your recovery and promote overall health. For example, you’ll learn:
- What foods and beverages you should avoid following surgery
- What foods and beverages can benefit your new liver
- Smart grocery shopping tips
- Important information regarding potential food/drug interactions
- Tips for eating out
- Proper food cleaning, storage and cooking practices
Specialty Pharmacy Services
TGH features a specialty pharmacy with a friendly staff dedicated to helping you manage and understand your medications, as you’ll need to take anti-rejection medication for the rest of your life as a liver transplant patient. Our pharmacists will collaborate with you, your doctors and your caregivers to create a fully integrated health care team that’s focused on your long-term success. Through our specialty pharmacy services, you’ll receive:
- Medication counseling and education
- 24/7 access to a pharmacist
- Convenient monthly medication delivery
- Same-day prescription transfers
- Prescription refill management
- Pharmacy liaisons who help patients obtain financial assistance, if necessary
- Administrative support with prescription authorizations
Transplant Support Groups
Liver transplantation is more than just clinical. It is a complex and life-changing procedure that can affect you on an emotional and spiritual level as well. TGH wants to ensure you have everything you need to achieve complete mind/body wellness after your transplant surgery – that’s why we offer access to various local and regional support groups. Meetings that cater to transplant patients and caregivers are available.
Post-Transplant Teaching Book
As a liver transplant patient, you undoubtedly have plenty of questions regarding your recovery and how to maximize your quality of life following surgery. To help you navigate the unique challenges you may face, TGH has compiled a comprehensive post-transplant teaching book. This educational guide discusses important aspects of transplant living, including incision care, diet, infection prevention, sexual activity, medications, daily routines and much more.
The professionals at TGH’s Transplant Institute are here to answer any questions you may have. To learn more, contact us today at 1-800-505-7769 (press 4 to speak to the liver transplant coordinator) or dial the coordinator directly at (813) 844-8686.