Once a donor organ has been identified, the transplant coordinator will give you the following instructions:
- You will be told not to eat or drink anything from that point on.
- You should call family or friends to make sure you have a support system in place for after the transplant.
- You should report to the main hospital admitting office. Your vital signs will be taken on admission.
- Your doctor will examine you. An IV will be started and you will be prepared for surgery.
- After all preparations are made, your will be taken to the operating room for your transplant.
How long will I be in surgery?
Small bowel transplant surgery usually takes six to nine hours because of the intricate blood supply to the small bowel.
Where will my friends and family wait? Can I see them afterward?
During the surgery, we ask that family and friends wait on the 2nd floor of the Concentrated Care Center Building (CCC) in the surgical waiting area. See a map of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. The family will be given periodic updates. We encourage the family to call the Transplant Office with any questions regarding the procedure at: 202-444-3700.
Transplant apartments are run by the hospital and available nearby. You or your family may qualify to stay here at low cost during your evaluation, the transplant process, or after you have been discharged from the hospital. Inquire about this program or the nearby Ronald McDonald house in Washington D.C. if you have interest.
What should I expect after surgery?
You will be transferred to our surgical critical care unit, where our staff nurse will care for you and help you through the healing process.