Having a recovery plan set in place after transplantation includes several key steps like a caregiver, living close to the transplant center for a few months, new medications and getting used to a ‘new’ normal. Including appropriate exercise and diet as you recover is also important. Exercise will vary as you continue to heal post transplantation and you work with physical therapy or your care team to slowly increase your activity level but this is an essential part to recovery as well.
On average, a transplant patient can gain between 10-20 pounds after transplantation. The exact amount varies based on several different factors including which organ was transplanted and other factors such as:
While weight gain after transplantation is common, it is important to establish healthy eating and exercise plans into your everyday life so the extra weight doesn’t become a lasting side effect. Excess weight is unhealthy for post-transplant patients. It can hinder your recovery by slowing down healing, and it could put you at higher risk for disease and/or complications like diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease or even cancers. Some ways to help set yourself and your care team up for success in this part of your recovery plan are:
We would love to hear how you have tackled this part of transplant recovery, please share below!