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Preparing for Surgery

Waiting for a transplant can be stressful. Consider using this time to plan for your surgery and recovery, such as:

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    Get Financially Ready

    Your transplant center may have people who are specially trained to help you with financial matters. They can tell you what your insurance will cover and what financial assistance options may be available. For more information, go to Financial Planning.

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    Get Answers

    Ask your transplant team questions. You should feel comfortable talking to them about your concerns and asking for information and advice. You may also want to ask others who have gone through a transplant about their experience. They may be able to give you an idea of what to expect and provide insight.

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    Plan for Your Return Home

    Your transplant team may ask you to monitor your vital signs daily when you return home. If so, you will need to have a thermometer, scale, and blood pressure cuff on hand. Your transplant team can show you how to monitor your temperature, weight, and blood pressure using these devices.

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    Get Support

    People who are waiting for a transplant may feel nervous, fearful, or sad. Many transplant centers have social workers or other healthcare professionals who can help with any issues you may experience. They can also help your care partner understand what to expect and what support they may need to provide.

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    Relax

    Waiting for a transplant can be stressful. If you are having trouble sleeping or feel anxious, ask your transplant team to recommend ways to relieve stress. You can also learn about relaxation techniques by reading books or listening to audiobooks or podcasts on the subject.

    It may be helpful to find a relaxing hobby such as drawing, painting, or knitting to take your mind off the transplant. Listening to music and reading are also good ways to relax.