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1801 NW 9th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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1611 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Surgery Process For Our Intestinal or Multivisceral Transplant Patients

What to expect before, during, and after your surgical procedure.

Before

Before your intestinal and multivisceral transplant surgery, your doctor may require additional tests and check your overall health. You will also receive specific individualized instructions about preparing for surgery.

When a donor organ or organs become available, your transplant surgeon will schedule the procedure.

How quickly you proceed to surgery will be determined by many factors, including the arrival of the donor organ or organs, the time for crossmatch testing, and other factors.

Surgical Procedure

The procedure time varies significantly with each patient. After the procedure, you will spend time in the recovery care unit, followed by at least a few days in surgical intensive care.

Adult patients will stay at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s specialized transplant unit, while children will be in the comfortable surroundings of our pediatric intensive care unit at Holtz Children’s Hospital. After the stay in the ICU, patients will be transferred to a room in our specialized inpatient floors.

Recovery

You will be assisted in taking your first walk after surgery, and will be expected to increase your amount of activity every day to prevent complications such as pneumonia and blood clots.

Meanwhile, your doctor and nursing team will take blood and urine samples to evaluate the health of your new organs. A dietician will work with you on the timeline and process for introducing food and drink. A transplant pharmacist will meet with you and your family to discuss your new medications, and our rehabilitation service will help you regain a normal eating pattern, whenever possible.

Learn more about our intestinal rehabilitation program.

Follow-up Care

Intestinal and multivisceral transplantation are very complex procedures, and patients usually spend at least several weeks in the hospital. You will receive instructions about what to do when you return home, along with the date and time of a follow-up appointment with your transplant care team at the Miami Transplant Institute.

Before

Before your intestinal and multivisceral transplant surgery, your doctor may require additional tests and check your overall health. You will also receive specific individualized instructions about preparing for surgery.

When a donor organ or organs become available, your transplant surgeon will schedule the procedure.

How quickly you proceed to surgery will be determined by many factors, including the arrival of the donor organ or organs, the time for crossmatch testing, and other factors.

Surgical Procedure

The procedure time varies significantly with each patient. After the procedure, you will spend time in the recovery care unit, followed by at least a few days in surgical intensive care.

Adult patients will stay at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s specialized transplant unit, while children will be in the comfortable surroundings of our pediatric intensive care unit at Holtz Children’s Hospital. After the stay in the ICU, patients will be transferred to a room in our specialized inpatient floors.

Recovery

You will be assisted in taking your first walk after surgery, and will be expected to increase your amount of activity every day to prevent complications such as pneumonia and blood clots.

Meanwhile, your doctor and nursing team will take blood and urine samples to evaluate the health of your new organs. A dietician will work with you on the timeline and process for introducing food and drink. A transplant pharmacist will meet with you and your family to discuss your new medications, and our rehabilitation service will help you regain a normal eating pattern, whenever possible.

Learn more about our intestinal rehabilitation program.

Follow-up Care

Intestinal and multivisceral transplantation are very complex procedures, and patients usually spend at least several weeks in the hospital. You will receive instructions about what to do when you return home, along with the date and time of a follow-up appointment with your transplant care team at the Miami Transplant Institute.