Going home after a transplant although a happy occasion,
may be accompanied by a significant level of anxiety for the first
few weeks. Despite the potential problems, the majority of transplant
patients return to a normal lifestyle and activity within three
They work, have a family, raise children, play a useful role in the community and enjoy recreation.
Best Diet and Nutrition for Healthy Liver after Liver Transplant
You have been ill for a long time prior to your transplant and have probably lost a lot of weight. Therefore eating properly is an important part of your recovery process, and a healthy and balanced diet will help get you back on your feet again.
Your diet should include:
While on steroids, try to restrict your salt intake by:
It is important to have daily exercise routine to build up your muscles weakened by a long of illness. You should slowly increase your levels of exercise. Cycling swimming, and walking are very useful for increasing your stamina and overall muscle tone, and all going well, you can also resume other sports three months after the operation.
Before starting on any exercise programme, remember to check with your transplant team.
It is not advisable to drive a car during the first four weeks following transplantation.
Alcoholic beverages are not recommended. Alcohol is broken down by the liver and can cause live damage.
Stop smoking! Smoking is harmful to everyone's health.
You may resume sexual activity as soon as you feel well enough. The majority of men regain their potency and most women find that their menstrual cycle returns to normal a few months after the operation.
Many men have successfully fathered children after transplantation, and a large number of women have given birth to healthy children. Women should discuss their wish to start a family with their doctor or a member of the transplant team.
Normally, you should wait at least a year before becoming pregnant. Furthermore you should have good kidney function, be free of any illnesses which could endanger your or your baby's health, and be receiving low dose immunosuppressive therapy.
There is no reason why you should not enjoy traveling provided you use common sense. You should always take enough medication with you for the whole trip. Always leave an address where you can be contacted.
It is not normally recommended to have household pets because of the increased risk of infection.