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Discharge Instructions (Liver Donation Surgery)

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Presentation: Liver Donation Surgery -- Recovery Expectations
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After spending some time in the hospital, you will go home to finish recovering from your surgery.
When you leave the hospital, your healthcare team will give you specific instructions on what you should and should not do as you recover from surgery. These will probably be written on a handout.
You may leave the hospital with a tube, called a JP drain, left in your abdomen. This is to drain any bile that may be leaking from your liver. If this drain is needed, you will receive instructions on how to care for it and it will be removed during an office visit early in your recovery.
Your doctor will prescribe medication to help you with any pain you may still be feeling. You are encouraged to use this medicine on a regular basis. Taking pain medications regularly can help you feel more comfortable getting out of bed and moving around, which is an important part of the recovery process.
You will also schedule follow up appointments so your healthcare provider can monitor how your liver is doing, and how well your recovery is going.

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