After the transplant, you will go back to your room for the rest of your hospital stay.
You will need to lie on your right side for 4 hours. This puts pressure on the area where the needle went in and lowers your risk of bleeding. Your healthcare team will check your blood pressure, heart rate, and blood glucose often.
You will get a blood thinner medicine through your IV. Blood thinner medicine lowers your risk of a
blood clot. Once this IV medicine is done, you will take a blood thinner injection for 7 days.
You will have an ultrasound the morning after your transplant and then again in 1 week to make sure that there is good blood flow to your liver. The ultrasound will also check for bleeding or any other problems.
Most people need to stay in the hospital for 1 to 4 days after an islet transplant.
There are risks associated with the islet transplant procedure. The risks include:
It is important to know that getting an islet transplant means a lifetime commitment to medical treatments. You will need to take medicines every day and have regular clinic appointments, lab work, and tests.
Your support person will need to go to appointments with you and help you during this time. There is a lot to remember.
After you leave the hospital:
Anti-rejection medicines prevent your immune system from destroying the transplanted islet cells.
You will need to take anti-rejection medicines every day, 1-2 times each day, for the rest of your life, as long as the transplanted islet cells are working. Not taking these medicines as instructed, or missing doses, may lead to your transplanted islet cells not working.
Never stop taking these medicines without talking to a member of the islet transplant team first.
When you take anti-rejection medicines:
Rejection happens when the transplanted islet cells are destroyed by your own body. The only way to check for rejection of islet cells is to monitor changes in your blood glucose levels.
The best way to prevent rejection is to take medicines on time, take the prescribed dose, and collect lab work as scheduled.
If rejection happens, you will have an appointment with the transplant team to review your options.
After your transplant, you have a higher chance of getting an infection. You may be given medicines, for a period of time after your transplant, to help prevent some of these infections.
Possible signs of infection include:
Report signs of infection to your Transplant Coordinator right away during office hours or call 811 after hours for advice!
It is important to take steps to protect yourself from getting sick, like washing your hands and avoiding contact with people who are sick.
Current as of: January 20, 2022
Author: Transplant Services, Alberta Health Services
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