Risk of complications following an organ transplant

As with all surgical procedures, there is always a risk of complications after a transplant. These may include:

  • Organ rejection
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Clotting leading to heart attack, stroke, lung problems, or artery blockage
  • Breathing problems
  • Tiredness
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeats
  • Dizziness
  • Medicine side effects
  • Death

If you have any concerns or questions about these complications or anything else to do with your transplant, talk to your transplant team.

Right after your transplant

Your transplant team is there to help and advise you on the steps you should take right after your transplant. Some of the things you should be aware of include:

  • The medicines you will be taking to prevent rejection also lower your body’s ability to fight infection

  • To help prevent organ rejection, be sure to follow your doctor and transplant team's advice and take your medicines exactly as prescribed

    If you feel very tired or experience other flu-like symptoms, call your transplant team right away, as these could be early signs of organ rejection

  • You will need to be very careful to stay away from crowds and people who are sick

  • Remember to wash your hands as often as possible