You will have to follow up frequently for lab work, clinic visits with testing and scheduled bronchoscopies with biopsies. Bronchoscopies are done to determine if there is any rejection and/or infection and are usually done as an outpatient procedure after you are discharged from the hospital. These will be done frequently during your first year after transplant up until 3 years post transplant. You will need to have lab work drawn every one to two weeks for the first three months after transplant and will be seen in the transplant clinic every month for the first year.
There are several factors that will help you keep your new lungs healthy. It will be important to follow a healthy lifestyle. You will need to exercise regularly, maintain a healthy diet, and keep a weight that is appropriate for your body frame. You will be expected to help your transplant team monitor your care by keeping records of your spirometry, blood pressure, weight, temperature, and pulse.