Surgery of kidney
The function of kidneys in your body is to keep the blood balanced and chemically clean. Kidneys are present in a pair in a human body. A person can survive even with a one kidney functioning properly. The kidneys keep the body clean by extracting the waste from the blood. Kidneys function as a sieve, and the waist comes out as the urine. Healthy kidneys maintain the balance of electrolytes in the body. Also, if both the kidneys of a person get damaged there is an option for a kidney transplant. In the transplant, doctors place a new kidney that can be donated by any family member to the patient. Also, sometimes only one kidney gets infectious, in that case only that damaged kidney needs to be removed and that is known as nephrectomy. A person can very well survive with one functional kidney. It is vital to follow the proper diet after any kidney surgery to avoid any further damage.
Why is a healthy diet required?
When one’s kidneys fail and do not function properly, the doctor may give suggestions to limit specific nutrients and foods, like fluids, proteins, salty foods, and phosphorus. These restrictions of food may not be longer applicable after the kidney transplant procedure. Due to the freedom to eat the prior restricted food and increase in hunger (because of the medicines are given after transplant like prednisone) patient suffers from the weight gain issue. In case of the surgery of kidney cancer, a patient may suffer from loss of appetite. Hence, it is important to consume a balanced, and nutritious diet, suggested by the doctors. Consuming healthy diet is important to maintain right body weight. There are many good hospitals for nephrectomy surgery in India.
A healthy, balanced diet post nephrectomy needs to be provided from healthy foods like all essential nutrient, which includes healthy fats, lean protein, and complex carbohydrates. After the procedure of kidney transplant, patient’s body begins to rebuild mass in bones that got lost during the kidney failure. Due to kidney failure, patient’s bones may need more phosphorus, as it is essential for the strength of bone. This may lead to drop in phosphorus level in blood. To avoid such risks after the kidney transplant, one needs to consume food rich in phosphorus like whole grains, milk, and food rich in protein like legumes, nut, eggs, fish, and meat.
For immunity after nephrectomy:
Vegetables and foods are the primary antioxidants’ sources, like beta-carotene which supports one’s body immunity. Immunity helps in healing properly after nephrectomy surgery and resisting infections. Food that is rich in antioxidants is broccoli, green leafy veggies, citrus fruits, and berries.
Patients need to consume foods rich in phosphorus and fiber and carbohydrate complex food like potatoes, oatmeal, barley, brown rice, pasta, and bread.
For tissue repair
Patient needs to focus on foods rich in protein like eggs white, lentils, beans, skinless poultry, and low-fat dairy.
These are some foods that need to be taken care of after kidney surgery. One should do research and find a good hospital for nephrectomy surgery in India.