More than 30 million Americans have some type of liver disease. For many, a liver transplant may be their only hope.\nRecovery from your liver transplant surgery is difficult and takes time. Whether you receive a liver from a deceased or living donor, you will need to follow a strict plan to recovery and get back to your day-to-day life.\n\n \n Click Here to Learn More about Receiving a liver transplant. Contact UPMC.\n \nFill out the form below or call 833-683-3555 for more information. \nCaregivers for Liver Transplant Recipients\nFollowing a liver transplant, you are going to need some help. So, make sure you have a friend or family member who can be your caregiver. This person will need to help you:\nLiving donors save lives. Find out more about living donor liver transplant at UPMC.\u00a0\n\nTake all of your medications correctly and at the right time.\nDrive you to appointments. You will not be able to drive for at least six to eight weeks after your transplant.\nRun errands and help with chores around the house. You will not be able to lift anything heavy or do anything too strenuous until your body has a chance to heal.\n\nAnti-Rejection Drugs After Liver Transplant\nThe first few months after your transplant are often the most challenging. During this time, you may be more likely to get an infection, so it’s critical to take all your medications and stay in touch with your doctor.\nRELATED: What Does the Liver Do for the Body?\nThe most important part of recovery is ensuring your body accepts its new organ. Your body’s immune system \u2014 which can tell the difference between your body’s cells and new cells, in this case an organ \u2014 may try to reject the new liver because it may see it as a threat.\nAfter your liver transplant, you will have to take immunosuppression drugs to help your body get used to your new organ. While taking immunosuppressive drugs, you will be at a higher risk for infections or the flu. So, it is very important to:\n\nPractice good hand-washing habits\nAvoid people with infections or recent immunizations\nTake extra care when handling sharp objects\n\nTips for Staying Healthy After a Liver Transplant\nA healthy lifestyle is important after liver transplant. Healthy living helps your body heal and make the most of its new liver. These tips help you stay healthy after your transplant:\nHealthy diet\nEat a well-balanced diet after your liver transplant, including:\n\nFruits and vegetables\nWhole grain foods\nLean meats, poultry, and fish\nLow-fat or fat-free dairy products\n\nExercise after transplant\nIt is important to exercise after transplant surgery, at least once or twice a week as you recover. Staying active and controlling your weight reduces your risk of stroke or heart attack.\nAvoid alcohol\nIt is vital that you do not drink after your transplant to prevent damage. Learn more about the benefits of giving up alcohol.