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What are nutrition tips if you're going to go through living-donor liver transplant surgery?

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Eat healthy foods and stay as active as possible in the weeks before your surgery. This will help you fight infections and recover more easily afterward.

If you need a new liver, you may be underweight due to your health problems. Protein-rich foods can build up your muscles. Eat a low-sodium diet to lower your chance of having fluid buildup (edema) after surgery. This also helps control high blood pressure.

If you're a donor and you're overweight, even a little weight loss can ease your recovery.

SOURCES:

Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Columbia University Department of Surgery, Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation: "Living-Donor Liver Transplantation FAQs."

Mayo Clinic: "Liver Transplant: What You Can Expect."

University of Utah Healthcare: "Checklist for Surgery."

University of California, San Francisco: "Liver Donors FAQ: The Donation Surgery."

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: "Liver Transplant: Nutrition."

University of Wisconsin Health: "Live Liver Donation Frequently Asked Questions," "Liver Transplant Alcohol Policy."

University of Minnesota Health: "Living Donor Liver Transplant."

American Transplant Foundation: "What to Consider Before Donating."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on August 17, 2018

SOURCES:

Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Columbia University Department of Surgery, Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation: "Living-Donor Liver Transplantation FAQs."

Mayo Clinic: "Liver Transplant: What You Can Expect."

University of Utah Healthcare: "Checklist for Surgery."

University of California, San Francisco: "Liver Donors FAQ: The Donation Surgery."

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: "Liver Transplant: Nutrition."

University of Wisconsin Health: "Live Liver Donation Frequently Asked Questions," "Liver Transplant Alcohol Policy."

University of Minnesota Health: "Living Donor Liver Transplant."

American Transplant Foundation: "What to Consider Before Donating."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on August 17, 2018

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