Precautions for a transplanted kidney to last you your lifetime - CMCS Health.
True! You are no more dependent on Hemo-Dialysis, But you must take adequate precautions to make the new grafted kidney last you your lifetime.
- Your Transplant team doctors will prescribe your medication depending on the lab. tests are done for knowing the exact dosage required. Never ever increase or decrease the dosage of your anti-rejection medications on your own or without your KTP doctor's approval. Do not change the brand of medicines, you were prescribed by your doctor.
- The Medicines prescribed to you have a biological half-life, so to maintain the presence of your medicines in your blood all the time, you must strictly adhere to the dosing schedule prescribed by your doctor,i.e. exact prescribed dose at a particular time of the day, every day. Do not delay the medicine time or jump the dosing schedule. You can put an alarm on your mobile phone to keep you reminded about your medicine time.
- Always carry your medication with you, when traveling or going out of the house, so you do not miss your dosing schedule.
- Stock an adequate quantity of your medication, so you do not miss your dosing schedule if you run out of stock before your next supply.
- Always keep a list of your medications and dosing schedule prescribed by your KTP Doctors with you.
- Do not take any over-the-counter medicines, for any short-term medical condition without approval from your KTP doctors.
- Keep the medications in a place as recommended on the medicine box, do not expose them to overheated or damp places.
- Keep a regular check on the expiry date of your medications, to avoid consuming expired medications.
- Do not discontinue your anti-rejection medication no matter how great you feel, even if you think your transplanted kidney is working well. Stopping them may cause rejection to occur.
- Your KTP Doctors will recommend periodic testing of Bloods levels of your anti-rejection medications to ensure the right dosing, Keep on doing these recommended blood tests at told intervals and inform your KTP doctors without fail so they can tailor the dose as per your body's requirement. Many transplanted patients slacken in this routine once they feel perfectly healthy, which exposes them to the risk of graft rejection.
- If you are diabetic or hypertensive, You will require to keep a regular check on your blood pressure and blood sugar and take the prescribed medicines accordingly, as uncontrolled high blood pressure and blood sugar are major reasons for your kidney going bad.
Precautions for warding off Infections:
- Maintain good personal hygiene, like brushing off your teeth and cleaning your mouth after meals, wearing clean and sterilized clothing, and washing and sanitizing your hands frequently and before eating. Avoid getting shaved at parlors that use the same razors for many people. While getting haircuts tell your barber, to use proper precautions and use a new disposable blade.
- Avoid eating outside food or food cooked and served in unhygienic conditions, improperly or half-cooked foods. Fruits and vegetables must be properly washed and peeled off to avoid consuming pesticides or other impurities and disinfectants. Follow the diet plan prepared by your KTP team dietician. Avoid eating too much sugary, fatty, and fried foods. Ensure proper fluid intake as advised to you.
- When going to crowded places like cinema halls, airports, hospitals, buses or railway stations always cover your face with medical masks prepared for the purpose of warding off infections. Avoid shaking hands with many people.
- Avoid being around people who are suffering from contagious infections.
- .Tell the lab technician while at a pathology lab for blood tests to take adequate precautions.
Regular and proper Follow up with your KTP doctors team as advised:
You need to contact your KTP doctors team immediately if you have any of these abnormal symptoms:
- A fever higher than 100 Degrees Fahrenheit. Flu-like symptoms such as chills, aches, headaches, dizziness, nausea, or vomiting.
- Fluid retention ( Swelling or Edema )
- Sudden weight gain ( greater than 4 pounds and within 24 hours.
- New pain or tenderness around the transplanted Kidney.
- A significant decrease in urine output.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle:
Exercise regularly :
Sexual Activity and Fertility:
Sexual activity was not very important before the transplant but with improved health post-transplant, it comes higher on your agenda.
It is common for transplanted patients to resume living a normal life as they recover, and active sexual life is no exception.
For women, it is important to maintain good hygiene before, during, and post-coitus as they are more prone to urinary tract infections because of being on immunosuppression medications. Urinating before and after coitus and drinking more water reduces the chances of acquiring a UTI.
In case you get infected with UTI, consult your KTP doctor to advise for the same.