Long-Term Follow-Up Care
When you are discharged to go home, your case manager will make sure you have the appropriate medical and social network in place to support your continued recovery. Your follow-up medical care at home may be provided by your family physician or a specialist in your local area. The Vanderbilt-Ingram BMT program will provide your local physician with a manual with information related to all aspects of your recovery and long-term follow-up care.
If you live within driving distance of Vanderbilt, you may choose to make follow-up appointments with the doctors here at the recently established Blood and Marrow Transplant long-term care clinic. This specialized clinic, one of just a few in the Southeast, will offer appointments for our transplant patients two or three days each week. Call (615) 936-1803 to make an appointment.
After you have returned home, the physicians and other staff at the Vanderbilt-Ingram BMT program will be available to answer any questions you or your doctor may have. Their contact numbers are listed in your caregiver’s manual, and here on the web site.
Transplant patients can experience complications for many months after their procedure. Typically, once you return home you should see your doctor every one to two months until your physician feels comfortable with fewer follow-up visits. However, the recommended schedule for follow-up care will vary accordingly to the specifics of each patient’s case.
We suggest that our transplant patients come back annually to Nashville, if possible, for a follow-up visit with their Vanderbilt physicians. The BMT program likes to keep in contact with transplant patients for as long as possible and follow their progress over time.