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Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Center for Liver Disease & Transplantation

Diet and Nutrition

Maintaining a healthy diet is essential to preventing post-transplant complications. We recommend a diet low in fat, cholesterol and sodium.

Weight gain is a common problem after transplant. The weight gain is usually caused by Prednisone, which can increase your appetite and make you retain water.

You do not need to buy bottled water. You may use your regular drinking supply unless you have well water. If you have well water, you will need to boil your water before drinking to rid it of any contaminants. In addition to water, you may also drink juice, tea, and soda.

After meeting with the dietician, you will be sent home with diet instructions designed specifically for your needs. Before discharge, you will have time to ask the dietician any questions about your diet and how to maintain your “ideal” body weight.

Dietary guidelines to prevent infection:

  • No raw seafood, including sushi and raw oysters.
  • No raw eggs.
  • All meats should be cooked well done.
  • No grapefruit juice. It may interact with your anti-rejection medication.
  • Fruits and vegetables should be washed thoroughly.
  • Do not add salt.
  • You may cook with salt, but do not salt your food at the table.
  • Do not add salt substitutes. These contain a high amount of potassium.
  • Never consume alcohol, including non-alcoholic beer.
  • Do not smoke. This includes the use of marijuana and chewing tobacco.

Always practice the following:

  • Use safe food-handling techniques.
  • Store food promptly and appropriately.
  • Eat leftovers within one to two days (freeze any extra portions).
  • Be aware that buffets, salad bars, potlucks, etc., may be a source of food contamination.
  • Drink from safe water supplies.

To find out more about the Methodist Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation, call us at 713-441-8839 or at 866-94-LIVER (866-945-4837) or send us an email.