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 discharged home in seven to 16 days.