What to Expect After a Bone Marrow Transplant?
The success of a bone marrow transplant is primarily dependent on how closely the donor and recipient genetically match. Sometimes, it can be very difficult to find a good match among unrelated donors.
The state of your engraftment will be regularly monitored. It’s generally complete between 10 and 28 days after the initial transplant. The first sign of engraftment is a rising white blood cell count. This shows that the transplant is starting to make new blood cells.
Typical recovery time for a bone marrow transplant is about three months. However, it may take up to a year for you to recover fully. Recovery depends on numerous factors, including:
- the condition being treated
- donor match
- where the transplant is performed
There’s a possibility that some of the symptoms you experience after the transplant will remain with you for the rest of your life.
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