Considerations After Transplantation

Patients with kidney transplant should watch out many issues especially in the first month. Since severe infections and serious rejection reactions are more common within first 6 months, patients should strictly follow recommendations of physicians. Outpatient follow ups are more frequent in the first 6 months, compared to the subsequent period.

Patient should use their medications timely and regularly as recommended by physicians. No dose should be skipped or missed. The patients are asked to have salt-free, sugar-free and low-fat nutrition, since cortisol is used at higher doses within first 6 months. Excessive weight gain associated with high blood pressure, high blood glucose and high cholesterol are observed in patients, who do not comply with dietary recommendations. These are factors negatively effecting the life time of transplant kidney in the long term. In addition, each patient is recommended to contact primary physician immediately, whenever they recognize something abnormal, such as fever, nausea-vomiting, diarrhea, severely decreased urine output and hypertension. It may be, sometimes, more challenging to overcome such problems, if those symptoms are ignored based on the thought “it will be alright in the course of time”.

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