After a transplant is complete, there are a variety of side effects that may show up some time in the future. These can be caused or made worse depending on the patient's age, overall condition and whether or not the immune system has been suppressed. Patients in Florida who have undergone chemotherapy or are on drugs designed to suppress the immune system may be most vulnerable to side effects after a transplant.
Common side effects include organ damage, relapse and hormone changes. Infertility and cataracts are also reported among patients after a transplant. Medication given to patients during the transplant process may cause damage to the liver, kidneys and heart. It is often a good idea to talk with the doctor about this possibility before doing a transplant as the doctor and patient can be more aggressive in spotting early signs of damage.