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What to Watch for and Who to Call

Our case manager will work with you and your family to plan your discharge from the hospital. Some patients may need to spend some time in an inpatient rehabilitation facility, or a skilled nursing facility, to regain their strength before they are able to head home. Some patients may leave our inpatient unit on Farr 10 and go directly home, with the help of visiting nurses in their community. But in most instances, your family will be able to provide the help you need after discharge. Your caregivers and case manager will help you decide which option is right for you, and make any necessary arrangements.

When you are at home, you need to be a partner in your care to be sure you are making a smooth and steady recovery. If you experience any of the following symptoms, or if you "just don't feel right," call the Transplant Institute at 617-632-9700, day or night:

  • You are short-of-breath or have chest pain
  • Temperature 101 degrees or higher 
  • Flu-like symptoms such as chills, aches, joint pain, headache and increased fatigue
  • Severe nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Severe stomach cramps
  • Increased pain, redness or tenderness over your incision site that is not relieved by pain medication
  • Abnormal drainage near or on your incision
  • Very dark or tea-colored urine
  • Pain or burning when urinating
  • Frequent urination
  • Yellowing of your eyes or skin
  • A 3-pound weight gain in less than two days
  • Abnormal blood sugars
  • You cannot or did not take your medications
  • Your drainage tube comes out
  • Leaking around tube and insertion site
  • You have persistent stomach pain or indigestion
  • You catch a cold or another illness
  • Your urine is cloudy, bloody or smells bad
  • You have increased swelling in your hands or feet
  • A doctor other than your hepatobiliary doctor changes a medication or prescribes a new medication
  • You have sores or blisters in your mouth
  • You see white spots on your tongue or in your mouth
  • You want to take an over-the-counter medication
  • You have symptoms of depression or anxiety

Remember that it is important to keep your follow-up appointments and complete any lab work or additional tests your hepatobiliary team schedules. Take your medications exactly as instructed. And call your hepatobiliary team if you have any questions or concerns. Please call for urgent issues at any time. But please call for non-urgent issues, such as prescription refills and doctor appointments, during daytime business hours between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Contact Information

Transplant Institute
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Lowry Medical Office Building, 7th Floor
110 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02215