Post-transplant nurse coordinator
Once the transplant surgery is completed, you will then work with a post-transplant nurse coordinator, who will provide care and support for you and your family. You will meet your post-transplant coordinator during your hospital stay. Your coordinator will help you with discharge planning and provide extensive education on transplant medication, physical activity, diet restrictions and required follow-up care. Your coordinator also will schedule follow-up lab and doctors’ appointments and, if need be, help you submit disability papers. You will be followed quite closely during the first year after your transplant, which will include frequent lab and clinic visits. Your coordinator also will schedule a bronchoscopy every 3 months in the first year after your surgery. One thing that your coordinator will stress is the importance of taking all your anti-rejection medications every day, preferably at the same time each day.