After the Transplant: What to Expect
Being an organ donor is one of the most selfless deeds you can do in your life. Whether the donor is living or deceased, the gift of organ donation can potentially save a number of lives. Roughly 95% percent of Americans support organ donation, yet under half are registered organ donors. To be a living donor, you must meet a few requirements. They are the following:
- Minimum of 18 years old
- No major health problems
- Truly be willing to donate
It is also recommended that you are no older than 60 and still meet the previous requirements to donate. It is required to be healthy with no major health problems because it could make the surgery too risky. There is also a chance that the health problems of the donor could affect the person receiving the organ, and they could become sick or even reject the organ. It is also important that you are truly ready to donate. It is an extreme commitment, for you can't take it back.
As for the patient receiving the organ, they have to mainly have to meet medical criteria. After they receive the transplant, they have to make sure that they are staying healthy. One of the main worries is a sign of rejection. This could be minor, and an adjustment in medication can fix the problem, but it is crucial that your health stays good.
After the transplant, there will be a few medicines you have to take. These may sometimes come with certain side effects which could include nausea, diarrhea, high blood pressure, headaches, and more.
Lastly, and some may say one of the most important questions is, "When can I go back to work?" It is encouraged that you go back sooner rather than later, but you also want to ensure you are healthy enough to do so. It is good to get back in the groove of things, although it is best to take it easy.
You will be given drugs to reduce the pain, and will be able to report any problems you may be having, if any. In order to have a speedy recovery, make sure to follow the restrictions placed by the doctor or surgeon so you can ensure you’re not causing any issues with the region of surgery or the organ itself.
We encourage you to sign the pledge to become an organ donor today!