How to take care of your kidneys after a kidney transplant procedure?

For many people, a kidney transplant could feel like another chance, another life. There are some great things that come along with a kidney transplant, like more time in the day, more freedom, etc. There are also many things you should consider but most importantly you should know how to take care of your kidneys after kidney transplant.

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Changes In everyday conduct after a transplant

Once you have recovered from the transplant surgery, you will notice a difference in what you can eat and drink.

  • You will still need to eat food that is low in salt and fat to prevent high blood pressure, and if you have diabetes, you will still need to watch your blood sugar. Your doctor might ask your dietitian to help you make a healthy eating plan that will work for you and your new kidney.
  • You may be advised to start a new exercise schedule. Exercise helps to improve heart and lung health, controls weight gain and even works on improving the mood. However, your doctor should guide about the types of exercises that are right for you, how often you should exercise and for how long.
  • There will regular medicines that make it easier for the body to adopt the new kidney. You will have to take your medicines exactly how your doctor tells you. If you ever miss taking your medicine, call your doctor right away because you could risk losing your new kidney.

Precautions for Preserving your kidney health after transplant

One risk of a kidney transplant is that your body will reject the new kidney. To prevent such a thing from happening, its important to take medicines that can weaken the immune system of your body. These medicines are called immunosuppressants, or anti-rejection medicines. The immunosuppressants decrease the strength of your immune system, which leads to many side effects. Discuss the side effects with your doctor and he may alter the dose of the medicine that was prescribed, or recommend a switch to a different medicine. To keep yourself healthy, and to make sure your new kidney works well, the following are precautions are important:

  • Take your all medicines like the immunosuppressants exactly how it has been prescribed by the doctor.
  • Be aware of the signs of infection or sign of possible kidney rejection. Contact your doctor immediately if this ever happens.
  • Avoid being around people who are sick and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • you shouldn’t go back to work for three to six weeks after your surgery. In the beginning, there could be restrictions on what you could do at work (for example lifting weight over 10 pounds).
  • You have to wait two to three months before taking a major trip. Talk to your doctor about anything you should consider before travelling, for example, getting enough refills on your immunosuppressants to make it through the whole vacation.
  • You can only start driving 2 to 4 weeks after your transplant. This is mainly because the medicines consumed after transplant often cause vision changes and tremors.
  • you should not have sex for 4 to 6 weeks after your transplant and women who had a kidney transplant should avoid pregnancy. Ask you, doctor, what birth control method would work best with your new kidney.

Getting a kidney transplant is a life-changing event, usually an exciting and joyous event. But since it is a major change, it’s common to have different kinds of emotions post-surgery. You do not have to deal with these feelings alone. Reach out to your family and friends for support. Also, let your transplant team know about your emotional changes so they can help support you and adjust your medicines if needed. Your doctor may also refer you to a good mental health specialist to help you through the phase emotionally.

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