What should I avoid eating after my lung transplant?

Good nutrition plays a key role in recovering from lung transplantation. As after any surgery, adequate calories and protein are needed for proper wound healing. Also, possible side effects of the anti-rejection medications can increase nutrient requirements. Because of these special concerns, you may have to change your diet for a time period after your transplant. However, dietary therapy is always adjusted by the transplant team to meet your specific needs and tolerances.

General dietary recommendations include:
  • No grapefruits or grapefruit juice, as this may interfere with medications.
  • No uncooked food such as sushi or meat. Meat should well done. 
  • Raw vegetables need to be washed and scrubbed by someone else other than you. 
  • Raw fruits and vegetables, especially root vegetables, may contain fungus. Fungus may be inhaled and cause lung infection. 
  • Avoid raw fruits and vegetables for the first 3 months after transplant 
  • No salads at public salad bars to avoid infection from the salad and from the other diners.

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