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Liver transplant is a very sensitive and demanding procedure. The transplant itself is not as sensitive as the post-operative care is. There are various things that you need to take into consideration after you go through a liver transplant.
The success rate, recovery, and all your overall health depend on post-operative care. You will be needing little amendments in your diet in order to experience swift recovery.
Here are a few things you should be considering after going through a liver transplant. Ask your dietitian to provide you with the list of healthy food options and ideas to use in your eating plan.
- Use fruits and vegetables each day
- Eat whole-grain bread and cereals
- Add up enough fiber in your daily diet
- Drink low-fat milk or eat other low-fat dairy products
- Try eating a diet containing low salt and low fats
- Follow the food safety guidance provided by your doctor/specialist
- Try to avoid alcohol as much as you can
- Stay hydrated: drink the required amount of water and other fluids each day
- Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice because of its immunosuppression properties.
Liver Transplant Patients: Prone To More Illness
Many people who have a weak immune system are always prone to serious illnesses, such as cancer, kidney failure, chronic liver disease, diabetes, or AIDS. Liver transplant patients are also at risk because their immune systems are purposely suppressed to prevent donor organ rejection.
Protect Yourself While Dining Out
The most important thing to remember when you eat out is to avoid eating raw foods as much as you can. The foods you should avoid are fish, beef, or seafood.
Protect Yourself At Home
Foodborne illnesses at home are the most common type of infection. Which occurs when juices or blood of uncooked meat combines. It happens when people use the same cutting board or surface to cut uncooked meat, poultry, or fish. The common sources of foodborne disease are mentioned below:
- The cutting board
- The counter
- Your hands
All need to be thoroughly washed with hot, soapy water.
Keep Check When Purchasing Food
Doctors usually recommend the patients and their families to take care of the following things:
- Avoid buying foods in damaged containers.
- Don’t buy cooked seafood.
- Avoid foods from roadside
Sanitize Food Preparation Areas
Doctors strictly recommend that transplant recipient and those who prepare food for them should follow these things:
- Sanitize all surfaces that come in contact with raw meat, fish, and poultry.
- Make the use of cutting boards common.
- Use separate cutting boards for different meats
- Use dishwashing machines instead of hand washing dishes.
- Wash kitchen towels, cloths, and sponges often.
- Scrub fruits and vegetables, and peel them.
- Use bottled water or boil the water for 10 minutes before drinking it.
Liver Transplant and itself and the after-care, it is something that our hospitals should be very careful about. But unfortunately, either we are not that careful or we do not have the proper facilities to take responsibility for this treatment. That is the very reason Marham wants you to opt for a guaranteed and safer treatment environment to spend the rest of your life healthy. For further details, contact us on 0345-0601906 or visit us at Marham.pk to look up at further information.
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