Patient's Guide to Heart Transplant Surgery
Although you will remain under your local doctor's care after your evaluation and prior to the transplant, we would like to see you in the transplant clinic every few months to monitor your state of health. Please call the transplant office to make an appointment to be seen in the transplant clinic after you have been listed. Please note: if and when you do have a transplant, the transplant team at USC University Hospital will coordinate all of your future medical care.
You will be discharged as soon as the transplant team feels that it is safe for you to live outside of the hospital. This decision is based on how you have recovered since surgery, the status of your biopsy reports, and the number of severity of any rejections or infections you have had.
We want you to feel comfortable living with your new organ and taking care of yourself. Please feel free to ask any questions that you may have while you are still in the hospital or during your clinic visits. If there are additional things that worry you and we have not covered them here, please ask us about them.
The transplant coordinators are eager to help you and to answer any questions you may have. They can be reached at (323) 442-8419.
The social worker will be meeting with you and your family throughout your hospitalization period. She is available to help you with any social problems that may arise.
If you wish, we can arrange for you to meet and talk with some of the patients who have already received their transplant. They may be able to give you helpful insights on what you may expect living with a transplant.
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