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Understanding nutritional needs after organ transplant plays an important role in recovery.

Transplant Dietitian

The transplant dietitian is available in the clinic to help you with your diet and any nutrition-related issues before and after your transplant.

The Hope group meets every three months for transplant recipients and their families. Our Transplant Dietitian attends the meetings and is available to answer your questions about your diet or nutrition.

Nutrition plays an important role

  • In preparing you for your transplant
  • During your recovery after you receive a transplant
  • For the rest of your life

Nutritional status has been shown to affect survival after transplant. Malnutrition (macro- or micronutrient depletion) before transplantation leads to impaired surgical wound healing, higher rates of post-transplant complications and rejections.

There are several key points to focus on to get yourself in the best possible state of health for transplant surgery – whether you are waiting on the transplant list or you are a potential transplant recipient. While everyone’s nutrition needs are not the same, the basic principles of healthy nutrition before and after transplant are:

  • Restrict your sodium intake (VIDEO)
  • Achieve and maintain your ideal body weight
  • Optimize and keep your blood sugar under control
  • Limit sugar and concentrated sweets
  • Improve the fat content of your diet
  • Follow balanced nutrient dense diet: hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/home/hepjan2015
  • Be aware of food safety: fda.gov/downloads/Food/FoodborneIllnessContaminants/UCM312793

Medical Nutrition Therapy handouts from Nutrition Care Manual (NCM) of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

  • Organ Transplant Nutrition Therapy http://integrisok.com/upload/docs/NZTI/Client-Ed-Organ-Transplant-Nutrition-Therapy.pdf
  • Heart-Healthy Eating Nutrition Therapy http://integrisok.com/upload/docs/NZTI/Client-Ed-Heart-Healthy-Eating-Nutrition-Therapy.pdf
  • Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 5 Nutrition Therapy  http://integrisok.com/upload/docs/NZTI/Client-Ed-Chronic-Kidney-Disease-Stage-5-Nutrition-Therapy.pdf
  • Hepatitis Nutrition Therapy
    http://integrisok.com/upload/docs/NZTI/Client-Ed-Hepatitis-Nutrition-Therapy.pdf
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Crohn's Disease Nutrition Therapy http://integrisok.com/upload/docs/NZTI/Client-Ed-Inflammatory-Bowel-Disease--IBD--and-Crohn-s-Disease-Nutrition....pdf
  • Gastric Surgery Nutrition Therapy http://integrisok.com/upload/docs/NZTI/Client-Ed-Gastric-Surgery-Nutrition-Therapy.pdf
  • Sodium (Salt) Content of Foods http://integrisok.com/upload/docs/NZTI/Client-Ed-Sodium--Salt--Content-of-Foods.pdf
  • Potassium Content of Foods http://integrisok.com/upload/docs/NZTI/Client-Ed-Potassium-Content-of-Foods.pdf
  • Carbohydrate Counting for People with Diabetes http://integrisok.com/upload/docs/NZTI/Client-Ed-Carbohydrate-Counting-for-People-with-Diabetes.pdf
  • Gastroparesis Nutrition Therapy http://integrisok.com/upload/docs/NZTI/GastroparesisNutritionTherapy1.pdf
  • Choose Your Foods: Food Lists for Diabetes (updated 2016) http://integrisok.com/upload/docs/NZTI/CYFFoodListsforDiabetes.pdf
  • Choose Your Foods: Food Lists for Diabetes (updated 2016 in Spanish) http://integrisok.com/upload/docs/NZTI/CYFFoodListsforDiabetesSpanish2015.pdf

Note: The client education handouts from NCM are not intended to substitute for nutrition counseling with a registered dietitian nutritionist. The information is meant to serve as a general guideline and may not meet the unique nutritional needs of individual patients.

From Your Transplant Dietitian

  • Diet Recommendations for Patients with Advanced Liver Disease
  • Sip up, Slim down and Live Healthier (Recipe of the Smoothie with Probiotics and Prebiotics) (BROCHURE) http://integrisok.com/upload/docs/NZTI/Sip-up-Slim-down.pdf

Olga Jameson, RD/LD, MS
INTEGRIS Nazih Zuhdi Transplant Institute Dietitian

"I strongly believe that healthy eating adds years to life, and adds life to our years.

My passion is teaching and encouraging my patients to make healthier choices. Science keeps giving nutrition news every day. Knowledge is power! I continue to learn more about nutrition every day and translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for my patients.

My goal is to positively teach my patients to follow a balanced lifestyle based on their needs. And healthy eating does not have to be difficult or boring at all. It should be fun! Healthy meals and snacks can be easy to prepare, can taste great, and have amazing therapeutic benefits!"