[ Silence ]>>Good nutrition is essential in
helping your body heal your incisions and absorb your anti-rejection medications. Once the breathing and stomach tubes are
removed, you will be placed on a liquid diet. The nurses will gradually
advance your diet to solid food. We expect you to sit up in a chair
for all meals after your surgery. Your nurses will keep track of your intake and
output for the first few days after surgery. This helps the doctors monitor
your nutritional status. You may not feel very hungry after
surgery because senses of taste and smell are somewhat impaired for a few weeks. After surgery, healthy eating habits are a vital
link to maintaining good physical condition. Many of your post-transplant
medications have side effects that can negatively impact your heart,
liver, kidneys, and your weight. Following a healthy diet can reduce your
risk of complications from high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, and infections. One of our nutritionists will visit
you while you’re in the hospital to help you understand what good nutrition and healthy eating habits look
like after your operation. In general, you will need to follow a low
sodium diet for the rest of your life. Some anti-rejection medicines
can cause high blood pressure by holding sodium and water in your body. Eating less sodium in your diet can help
your body maintain a lower blood pressure. Your blood pressure is also easier
to control if you are not overweight. Maintaining a healthy weight
after transplant is important. Prednisone can increase hunger
and contribute to weight gain. It can also decrease muscle mass. That is a powerful combination to combat
when you’re trying to control your weight. Your nutritionist will help you understand
how many calories are in your diet and how many you need to control your weight. The medications used to help your body accept
your new lungs can cause your cholesterol levels to rise. High cholesterol levels can
lead to heart disease. You will need to follow a low fat diet to
minimize your risk of developing heart disease. Your nutritionist will help you
understand the choices necessary in building a successful, low fat diet. Prednisone can also drive
the development of diabetes. You may need insulin to control
your blood sugar. Maintaining a healthy weight
will also be helpful in managing your blood sugar after transplant. Your nutritionist will spend time reviewing
more detailed nutrition guidelines you’ll need to follow in order to stay healthy from now on. [ Silence ]