What to Expect when you go Home After Your Pancreas Transplant

Remember, that the first month you are on the highest dose of immunosuppressive drugs.  You are more likely to get an infection then.  Stay away from people that are sick, especially those who might have a cold, the measles, mumps, chicken pox, or the flu.  Try to avoid crowded areas at first such as movies, airports, schools, or public transportation.  If there is a crowded situation you feel you cannot avoid, ask your transplant nurse for advice.

You do not need to rearrange your lifestyle in your own home.  Routine washing and rinsing of dishes is sufficient.  Bed linens can be washed normally.  Avoid sharing eating utensils, towels, toothbrushes.  Check your weight and temperature everyday.  Finally, remember that since some of the medications you take may make your skin more sensitive.  Avoid long exposure to direct sunlight; use a strong sunscreen of at least SPF 30 before you go out into the sun.  It is recommended that you avoid gardening for the first 6 months after your transplant and thereafter to always wear gloves while gardening.

  • Resuming Daily Activities
    Now that you have your transplant, you should resume your previous activities.  You may even feel good enough to add a few new ones.  Walking is the best exercise the first six weeks after your transplant.  We also recommend other guidelines to follow as you return to enjoying life's daily activities. Read more about resuming daily activities. [Link to Daily Activities]
  • Tips for a Healthier Life after Transplantation
    After your kidney transplant, there are plenty of things you can do to guarantee healthy living. These practices range from getting enough sleep to eating properly. Read more tips for a healthier life after transplantation. [Link to Health Tips]
  • Exercise - What is Best for You?
    Regular exercise may be difficult at first, but over time it will get easier and easier.  Most people find that once they start exercising, they look forward to the daily activity and the benefits they receive from it.  Once you become accustomed to an exercise routine, you will feel healthier, sleep better, and have more energy.  Exercise does not have to be boring or the same thing every day.  Consider dancing, fishing, walking, mowing the lawn or vacuuming.