What can I expect during my hospital stay?
After surgery, you will be taken to the Intensive Care Unit where you will be closely monitored. You will remain on the ventilator for about 24 hours. You will have many tubes and drains in place, including several intravenous catheters (IV), a urinary catheter, a stomach drainage tube and chest tubes.
You will experience pain after your surgery. Your level of pain will be carefully monitored and controlled through medicine administered through your IV. When you start eating again, the pain medication will be given as pills or tablets.
When your medical condition has stabilized, you will be placed on a portable cardiac monitor. Your length of stay in the hospital will depend on how fast you recover. Most patients stay in the hospital for about 7 to 14 days. How long you must remain in the hospital can vary depending on the severity of your illness before the transplant surgery or complications after surgery. If you are very weak, you may need rehabilitation.