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Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Center for Liver Disease & Transplantation

Caring for Your Incision

When you leave the hospital, you will be responsible for caring for your incision. You will be going home with your staples in place; these will be removed in the clinic in about three weeks.

  • If your incision is healing well, you may shower.
  • Do not take a tub bath until the staples are removed. Sitting in a bathtub may increase the risk of infection to your fresh wound.
  • Use the soap of your choice for cleaning.

After your staples are removed, Steristrips may be placed across the incision. You may continue to shower. Do not remove the Steristrips; they will fall off on their own in about five days.

If you have a T-tube, it will remain in place for about three months after transplant.

  • You may shower with a T-tube.
  • A dressing over the site is not necessary.
  • Gently clean the area with fresh water and soap.
  • You may use hydrogen peroxide around the T-tube site twice daily.
  • Never remove the T-tube.
  • If you notice that the stitches around the T-tube become loose, notify your transplant team immediately.

Back pain is very common after transplant. The best treatment is to avoid lying down for long periods of time. Walking will also help.

You may have leg swelling prior to and after your transplant. This should go away in time as the new liver increases in function. It is best to keep legs elevated while sitting and to avoid standing still. A low-salt diet and walking will also help reduce swelling. Do not take any diuretics that were given to you prior to transplant unless prescribed by the transplant team.

To find out more about the Methodist Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation, call us at 713-441-8839 or at 866-94-LIVER (866-945-4837) or send us an email.