Will I need to follow a special diet?
After a kidney transplant, you will need to follow a special diet. Please consult your kidney
doctor for specific dietary recommendations.
What else can I do?
You should learn as much as you can by reading and talking to your healthcare team, as
well as patients who already have kidney transplants.
What is rejection?
The most important problem that may happen after transplant is rejection of the kidney.
The body’s immune system guards against attack from anything foreign, such as bacteria.
This defense system may recognize tissue transplanted from someone else as “foreign”
and attack this “foreign invader”.
You will need to take immunosuppressant medicine every day to prevent rejection of your
new kidney. Anti-rejection medications have a large number of possible side effects and
they suppress the body’s immune system.
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