Waiting for an organ transplant can be both an exciting and stressful time. Many details must be arranged before your name can go on a waitlist. It is essential to be prepared for transplant from the moment you are put on the list. The following will guide you in your preparation.
Transplant Surgery Checklist
If you need help with any of these items, speak to your social worker at The University of Vermont Medical Center. Do not be afraid or embarrassed to discuss any topic with your social worker, transplant coordinator, or your health care provider. It is your social worker's job to help prepare you for organ transplant and recovery.
- Identify your emotional and physical support: Support from friend and family is important to a successful outcome. Talk to the important people in your life about your feelings and needs.
- Confirm your insurance coverage: You will need insurance coverage for both your transplant and the medications you take after surgery.
- Arrange reliable communication (i.e. phone, beeper, etc.): The transplant team must be able to contact you 24 hours a day/7 days a week. It is best to carry a beeper or cell phone. It is also important to inform the transplant team of any travel plans so we will know where to contact you at all times.
- Arrange transportation to The UVM Medical Center: You should arrange transportation to The UVM Medical Center that is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
- Make a plan for post-surgery home care: Consider who will be taking care of your needs and those dependent on you. For example, who will look after your children, pets, or your home? Have legal issues been settled? Have you identified who will make your medical decisions should you become unable? Have you filled out paperwork regarding your wishes?