Once you are discharged from the hospital, your appointments with the transplant center will continue. Follow-up appointments will include:
- Clinic visits: Weekly clinic visits, blood work and testing will occur for the first 1-2 months in order to closely monitor your progress
- Blood work: For the rest of your life on a monthly basis, you will have monthly lab work. This is done to properly adjust your anti-rejection medications and monitor how your other organs are reacting to your anti-rejection medications. We also recheck your blood one week after any medication changes.
- Surveillance bronchoscopy and lung biopsy: Bronchoscopies and lung biopsies are a way the transplant team monitors your new lung(s) for infection and organ rejection. These are typically performed at two weeks and four weeks post-transplant and at months two, three, six, nine and twelve. These are outpatient procedures usually done on Wednesdays, followed by clinic visits on Thursdays. Keeping these appointments are critical.
- Pulmonary rehab: Pulmonary rehab is required for at least the first 12 months following lung transplantation.
- Education: The transplant coordinator, social worker and dietitian will continue to evaluate your progress and help you adjust.
Following your discharge, you could have anywhere from 10-15 medications. Some are anti-rejection medications; others are medications to prevent infections. It is very important to take medications exactly as you are instructed.