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Transplant Recipients

After Kidney Transplant

Here is some information to help aid in your care and well-being after you receive your kidney transplant.


The long term success of a kidney transplant depends on many things. You should:

  • Be seen by your transplant team on a regular basis and follow their advice.

  • Take your anti-rejection medications daily in the proper dose and at the right times, as directed by the transplant team, to keep your body from rejecting your new kidney.

  • Follow the recommended schedule for lab tests and clinic visits to make sure that your kidney is working properly.

  • Follow a healthy lifestyle including proper diet, exercise, and weight loss if needed.

  • For more information on how to manage your care after your kidney transplant, click here.


Steps to keeping your transplanted kidney include:

  1. Schedule regular healthcare visits

  2. Take all your medications every day and at the same time as instructed

  3. Discuss any medication concerns or side effects with your transplant team

  4. Eat healthy

  5. Get regular exercise

  6. Keep a healthy weight

  7. Ask how you can lower your chances for high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, or infection

  8. Become an active member of your healthcare team


For more information on how to keep your transplanted kidney, click here.

Will you have to watch your diet after a transplant?  Yes, your diet still plays a big role after a kidney transplant. It is important to maintain a healthy weight and exercise regularly. A healthy, balanced diet will help prevent high blood sugar, excess weight gain and promote overall wellness and health.After a kidney transplant, plan to follow a diet low in salt. A balanced diet includes a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, reduced-fat dairy products, whole grains, and plenty of water.  Additionally, you may need to avoid eating certain types of foods. Your healthcare team can help you understand which foods you should avoid – and why. The dietitian at your transplant center can help you find a diet that is right for you.


For more information on foods that you should avoid after transplantation, click here.

For general information on kidney transplantation, click here.

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