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Transplant & Nutrition 

Nutrition is an important part of your care both before and after transplant.

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. Your nutritional plan is individualized for you depending on your stage in transplantation and your specific nutrition needs. 

During Transplant Evaluation

You and your caretakers will meet with one of the transplant dietitians, who will evaluate your nutritional health and gather information about your weight, fluid retention, muscle stores, and diet. Your dietitian will also prescribe a food plan and written materials and goals. If you would like additional information about your diet, you can download these materials:

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. Before you leave the hospital, you and your caregivers will be given specific instructions on what to eat after you are discharged. Baylor offers several outpatient transplant nutrition classes for transplant recipients and their caregivers. Once discharged, there will always be a transplant dietitian available to help answer your questions.

Special Nutritional Topics

Here is some information on nutritional topics: