After the operation
Once the transplant is complete, you'll be moved to an intensive care unit (ICU).
A machine called a ventilator will assist you with your breathing, and a tube will be inserted into a vein to provide you with fluid and nutrients. These will normally be removed after a few days.
You'll also be given pain relief as required.
Most people are well enough to move from the ICU and into a hospital ward within a few days.
You'll usually be able to leave hospital within 2 or 3 weeks, although you'll need to have regular follow-up appointments and take medicine to help stop your body rejecting your new heart.