Heart Transplant Recovery

Following surgery, the patient is cared for in the Cardio-Pulmonary Transplant Unit (CPTU), located on the second floor of the Baptist Heart Institute. During the recovery period, the transplant team teaches the transplant recipient what to expect during the recovery period and following discharge. This teaching includes information about the patient's immunosuppressive medications and how to monitor progress when he or she returns home.

How quickly a patient recovers after heart transplant depends on many factors: age, general health, and response to the transplant. Most patients are up and about within a few days after surgery and home in 7 to 16 days.

Recovery Questions

How frequently will patients need to come in for a check-ups once they are discharged?

Patients are seen in the Transplant Clinic by the Clinical Transplant Coordinator's and/or Transplant Nurse Practitioner.

  • Weekly for one month
  • Every other week during the 2nd month
  • Monthly until one year
  • After one year, every 6-8 weeks and as necessary based on symptoms

Patients will also follow up with their cardiologists and primary care physician in their private offices. 

What special instructions will patients be given about diet and nutrition, exercise, hygiene, and medications?

Special instructions will be provided about diet, nutrition, exercise, hygiene and medications in the discharge planning / education process based on the patient's individualized plan of care.

Contact Us

Baptist Transplant Program

6025 Walnut Grove Rd.
Suite 111
Memphis, TN 38120


Attn: Transplant Services

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