What should I do while waiting for a liver transplant?

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There are many things people can and should do while waiting for a liver transplant, including:
  • Continue to exercise regularly to promote endurance and speed up recovery after transplant.
  • Follow dietary guidelines.
  • Carry a cell phone when not at home. The transplant team needs to be able to contact people on the waiting list at any time.
  • Find ways to manage the stress of waiting and coping with chronic illness in order to maintain a positive outlook.
  • Notify the transplant program about any other surgery or hospitalization.
  • Set up a support group of family and friends to help post-surgery.
  • Pack bags and make arrangements for transportation to the hospital in advance.
  • Become familiar with post-transplant care.

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