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Pre- & Post-Transplant Care Treatment Information
Transplant is a major surgery that requires a high level of care from experienced physicians. Our Critical Care team collaborates with your transplant team before and after surgery through the following services:
- Pre-transplant evaluation. Before you are put on a transplant waiting list, our Transplant team evaluates you to determine if you can receive a transplant. This occurs days, weeks or months before you are admitted to the hospital for a transplant. However, if you are admitted to Critical Care because of your worsening condition, our physicians evaluate your health to make sure your body is still able to support a transplant. We strive to support your health in any way we can so that you can undergo transplant surgery.
- Respiratory support. Some patients require respiratory support through oxygen therapy or a ventilator, depending on their condition. For instance, heart and lung transplant patients often need respiratory support. A ventilator is a machine that pumps oxygen-rich air directly into your lungs through a tracheostomy or endotracheal intubation. For tracheostomy, a tube is placed directly into your trachea through an incision in the front of your neck. This procedure is better for patients who need long-term respiratory support. Some patients receive intubation instead, where a tube is run through your nose or mouth into your throat.
- 24-hour monitoring. You need close, continuous monitoring after your transplant to make sure that your body is accepting the organ. You take medicines called immunosuppressants to keep your body’s immune system from attacking the new organ. We provide around-the-clock care to make certain you are recovering well and your new organ is functioning correctly.
- Intravenous antibiotics. After a major surgery, we give antibiotics through an intravenous therapy (IV) directly into your bloodstream to destroy any possible infection. By avoiding infection, you are able to recover more quickly.
- Parenteral nutrition. If you are receiving respiratory support or cannot eat for other reasons, such as transplantation to part of your digestive system, you receive nutrition intravenously (through an IV). The carbohydrates, proteins, fats and nutrients you need flow directly into your bloodstream to support your body.
- Rehabilitation therapy. While you are in Critical Care, physical therapists visit you to help you recover more quickly. Depending on the type of transplant you receive, you may be asked to stand and walk around soon after surgery to assist with the healing process. You may also require cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation if you receive a heart or lung transplant. These rehabilitation programs may begin in the hospital or when you return home.
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Pre- & Post-Transplant Care Support Services
Learn more about the transplant process and explore resources to help you through it by visiting the websites below.
A Sampling of Pre- & Post-Transplant Care Support Services
IU Health Transplant
Find out more about the wide range of transplants available at IU Health and how our physicians are creating better outcomes for patients with serious illnesses.
This government website hosts information on how to become an organ donor, the transplant process and resources for patients seeking transplantation
This website is supported by the United Network for Organ Sharing. It is specifically written for patients who need transplants and includes information about what to expect both before and after a transplant.