Bone marrow transplants are a common treatment for many forms of cancer and other blood disorders. But what should you expect during the recovery process? Here is a rundown of what to expect in the days, weeks, and months following your bone marrow transplant.
In the days immediately following your transplant, you will be closely monitored by your medical team. You will likely be in the hospital for at least a week so that your doctors can keep an eye on your progress and make sure that you are recovering as expected. During this time, you will need to stay in isolation to protect yourself from infection.
After you are discharged from the hospital, you will need to take it easy for several weeks. You will need to avoid crowds and any place where there is a risk of infection. Your doctor will likely give you a list of activities that you should avoid during this time.
In the weeks and months following your transplant, you will slowly start to feel better. Your energy levels will increase and your risk of infection will decrease. You will be able to start resuming your normal activities, but you will need to take things slowly at first.
It is important to remember that every patient recovers from a bone marrow transplant differently. Some patients experience a smooth and uncomplicated recovery, while others may have more difficulty. Be sure to talk to your doctor about what you can expect during your individual recovery process.