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Transplant Dietitian 

Your nutritional health and goals will be determined by a Transplant Dietitian. There will be a Transplant Dietitian working with you before and after your transplant.

While you are attending Transplant Clinic, a dietitian is available in clinic to help you with your diet, appetite, or any other nutrition-related issues.

During the Transplant Evaluation

  • You and your caretakers will meet with one of the Transplant Dietitians. She will evaluate your nutritional health and gather information about your weight, fluid retention, muscle stores, and diet. She will also prescribe a food plan that is individualized for your needs. You will be provided written materials and goals.

While Waiting on the Transplant List

  • It is important to maintain a good nutritional status while waiting for your transplant.
  • A Transplant Dietitian is always available to answer your questions about your diet or nutrition.
  • You may be instructed to drink a special nutrition supplement. A Transplant Dietitian can recommend one for you.

After Transplant Surgery

  • A Transplant Dietitian will see you in the Intensive Care Unit after your transplant. Your nutrition needs change after the transplant and the dietitian will be there to help implement that plan according to your needs. You may require a feeding tube after the transplant to feed you if you are unable to eat right away.
  • Once you can begin eating after transplant, a Transplant Dietitian will monitor how well you are eating. A Dietetic Technician (Diet Tech) may assist you with menu choices while you are in the hospital. If you are having difficulty eating, we may offer you some special nutrition supplements to drink. 
  • Before you leave the hospital, you and your caregivers will be given specific instructions on what to eat after you are discharged.
  • Nutrition classes are offered for liver, heart, and lung transplant patients Kidney and pancreas transplant recipients have access to a Transplant Dietitian at the Kidney Transplant Clinic. While you are attending Transplant Clinic, a dietitian is available in clinic to help you with your diet, appetite, or any other nutrition-related issues.

After discharge from the Transplant Center

  • Once you are discharged from Baylor, there is always a Transplant Dietitian available to help you with your needs or answer questions. If you need to a Registered Dietitian in your local area, you can locate one through the American Dietetic Association.