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Liver Transplant Patient Guide
Communicating with the Healthcare Team

Communication and cooperation between the transplant team, local physician, pharmacist, dentist, and the patient himself is vital to his well-being. Having a transplanted liver and taking the medications needed to prevent rejection put a patient at risk for a number of complications. It is important to follow the instructions that will help prevent or lessen complications.

One of a patient's most important jobs is to make certain that all members of his local healthcare team - family physician, dentist, local pharmacist, and any other healthcare professionals he sees - are aware of the transplant, the medications he takes each day, and the precautions he must follow to stay healthy. Each of his local healthcare providers should be given the telephone number of his transplant team. He should ask that they contact the transplant center for specific information.

Anxiety and Depression

A serious procedure such as the one just experienced can create many personal and family stresses. It is not uncommon for transplant patients to experience anxiety and perhaps depression following their surgery, hospital confinement, and return home. To help a patient adjust to life at home and an eventual return to work or school, counseling and support group services are available. The patient should consult the transplant social worker or coordinator for information regarding services available to help resolve stress and anxiety.

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USC Hepatobiliary, Pancreas and
Abdominal Organ Transplant

1450 San Pablo Street
Healthcare Consultation Center 4
Suite 6200
Los Angeles, CA 90089

For Liver, Pancreas & Bile Duct Surgery,
please call (323) 442-7172
Fax: (323) 442-7173

For Organ Transplant Information,
please call (323) 442-5908

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