• What is the recovery time after a stem cell transplant?

    Asked by downbutnotout on Tuesday, April 16, 2013

    What is the recovery time after a stem cell transplant?

    I am going to have one in a while, just trying to prepare for everything.

    3 Answers from the Community

    • CrazyHarry's Avatar

      It took a few months for my brother-in-law to feel back to normal.

      Good luck on your healing journey!

      over 3 years ago
    • lansford_cub's Avatar

      I had a SCT about 4 years ago. My experiences may or may not be typical of others. I started the whole process on Oct 31 with high dose chemo and had my stem cells harvested prior to Thanksgiving. When I was getting ready to have the stem cells re-introduced I was diagnosed with H1N1 and sent home for two weeks over Thanksgiving. Actually had the stem cells transplant on Dec 10 and was home on Dec 23rd and was back to work half days on Jan 4th. From start to finish was about 8 weeks (if you take out the 2 weeks with H1N1 it was only 6 weeks) until I was home and then a week and a half or so until I was back to work half days!

      The only issue I had other than H1N1 was c.diff that required an overnight stay in hospital otherwise it was me and my mom trudging back and forth from the Gift of Life House to the clinic twice a day. Even though it was winter in MN we never took the bus, we thought walking was good for us.

      I worked half days for a month and then went back to full time office type work. I lost about 50 lbs during the transplant but have gained it all back (and then some)!

      My mom made a very nice matrix with butcher paper to help me keep track of my meds while at the Gift of Life House and when I got back home. Without the matrix, we would have never kept all the pills straight. She had the times along the vertical and the meds on the horizontal with dosage/amounts. Times were in 2 hour blocks starting at 0600 each day.

      over 3 years ago
    • chucha11584's Avatar

      If its ur own cells, its usually about 30 but for a donor transplant, you can expect 100 days depending if there is any complications. I had my second transplant in Feb and I am on day 91 today but Drs think that transplant didn't work again. You just have to stay positive and keep fighting for life.

      over 3 years ago

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