Queen’s Transplant Center offers support services to help you during your transplant waiting period and your transplant recovery period.
Having an organ transplant is a significant change in your life, and can cause significant stress. The team at the Queen’s Transplant Center is committed to providing emotional support to our patients and their families.
If you are having a hard time adjusting to your illness and think you need help, please talk to someone: your dialysis social worker, your physician, or the transplant social worker are all great places to start. They can provide you with referrals to a mental health provider who specializes in transplant patients.
If you have had any of the following symptoms frequently in the last two weeks, please ask for help:
A support group can help you cope with physical, economic, psychological, and social challenges that are part of your illness both before and after your transplant surgery.
During a support group, you can talk to others familiar with your situation, learn about the process of transplant, and learn how to cope with your illness. Participants commit to confidentiality, so members can freely talk about their experiences in a safe environment.
Please contact a transplant social worker if you are interested in attending one of our support groups.
Because of the intense recovery period after a transplant surgery, the Queen’s Transplant Center requires that each patient have a caregiver for post-transplant care.
That means someone, usually a family member or friend, will be available to the patient 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for a period of one (1) month after transplant in order to provide care, support and transportation to and from appointments. This person will need to learn about taking care of the patient’s new organ, what foods are allowed and which are not, what medications to take and when to call for help.
Patients who do not have a family member or friend able to be a caregiver will have to hire help.
Generally, insurance does not cover caregivers. However, the team at Queen’s Transplant Center is able to find resources for patients in need. Please contact a transplant social worker if you are unable to find someone to help and need to hire someone.
Queen’s Transplant Center does not support the use of tobacco/nicotine, illegal drugs, or narcotics not prescribed by a physician in transplant candidates. In addition to compromising your health and graft function, indulging in these substances may lead to complications. Tobacco/nicotine use includes cigarettes, cigars, pipes, kreteks, electronic cigarettes, vape, nicotine patches, and any other smokeless tobacco (chew, dip, snuff, nicotine gum, betel nut).
If you are being evaluated for Liver Transplant, you must also abstain from alcohol now and after transplant, as this can severely damage your organ and your health.
Illegal drugs include any and all forms of the following substances: marijuana, synthetic marijuana, cocaine, heroin and opiates, “ice” or crystal meth, or any other substances not prescribed by your physician. Candidates who are authorized to engage in medical use marijuana in Hawaii must be able to show a valid current certification from their certifying Physician/APRN. Note that even if you have a medical marijuana certificate, your insurance company may not cover you for transplant.
If you are using any substances, you may be declined for transplant or referred for substance abuse counseling and/or a formal rehabilitation program. Queen’s Transplant Center is committed to providing resources to potential patients needing help in quitting substances. Those patients may contact the following resources or a transplant social worker for more information at 808-691-8897.
Call the Queen’s SIGH Program for tobacco cessation to talk to a Quit Coach.
Talk to a Quit Coach to create a plan that will work for you.
Find a safe, confidential meeting to share with and learn from others.
The national Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN), administered by United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), is dedicated to providing assistance to transplant candidates and potential living donors in the event of a natural disaster affecting long-term services of transplant centers. Every transplant center is a member of the OPTN/UNOS which has a well-established communication system. This includes 24-hour telephone access and a web site.
In the event of a natural or man-made disaster that disrupts the Queen’s Transplant Center’s ability to function, call and check the following for updates on our status and for other information you may need:
Such circumstances may include, but are not limited to:
As soon as possible, we will attempt to contact transplant candidates and potential living donors. We will provide assistance to waiting list patients who choose to transfer to the waiting list of another Medicare-approved transplant center without loss of time accrued on the waiting list.
Remember, the single largest determinant in how well you will recover after a disaster is how well you’ve prepared before a disaster strikes. We strongly encourage you to prepare an emergency supply kit. Below is a list of resources and information that you may find helpful. We encourage you to keep this information with your emergency kit so it is accessible at all times.