For the first four weeks after surgery, you will come to Duke for testing and follow-up care once a week. You will not be able to drive for six weeks after surgery, so your caregiver will need to bring you to these appointments. If you don’t live close to Duke, you may want to find temporary lodging nearby during this time. Your transplant coordinator can help you make these arrangements.
At every follow-up visit, you will meet with members of your transplant team and undergo testing to see how well you’re healing, monitor any medication side effects, and look for signs of rejection. Over time, these visits will occur less often, but you will still need to return to Duke for follow-up appointments -- in most cases every six to twelve months. You can also follow up with your local cardiologist if you live far away from Duke.
Typical Follow-Up Schedule
|Time After Transplant||Frequency of Follow-Up Visits|
|Month 1||Weekly for 4 weeks|
|Month 2||Every other week|
|Months 3-6||Every month|
|Months 8-12||Every other month|
|Year 2||Every 3 months|
|Year 3 and beyond||Every 6 months|