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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Postoperative Complications

A number of postoperative complications are possible:
  • Infection of the T-tube site and dislodgment of the T-tube
  • Bile leak and biliary stenosis (narrowing of the bile duct)
  • Infections
  • High blood pressure
  • Rejection
  • Diabetes
There is no way to predict accurately which patients will have problems. The transplant team will do their best to reduce the likelihood of complications and to treat them promptly if they occur. Following instructions carefully and keeping the transplant team informed of any difficulties will help a patient return quickly to a normal, active life.
A patient should notify the transplant team if he:
  • has prolonged illness (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea)
  • is unable to take medicines by mouth due to illness
  • thinks the directions on the label may be different from what he was told
  • has trouble removing child-resistant caps
  • has a reason to take aspirin, TYLENOL® (acetaminophen), other pain relievers, cold remedies, or diet pills
  • feels he is having a reaction to the medications
  • has had a change in health or eating habits
  • has a new prescription from his local doctor or a change in a current prescription
  • experiences any unusual symptoms or side effects, as they may be related to the medications he is taking

  • is undergoing dental work of any kind

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