Inpatient Transplant Nutrition

Role of the Clinical Dietitian & Medical Nutrition Therapy Outcomes:

 

  • Maximize nutrition status in pre-transplant patients to better facilitate healing after surgery.
  • Follow patients post-transplant to ensure that their nutritional intake is adequate to promote healing and meet their needs.
  • Educate patients prior to discharge regarding dietary guidelines to follow for optimum health and function of the new organ.

Types of Transplants at UVAHS: 

  • Kidney transplants  - an option for individuals suffering from end stage renal disease related to diabetes, hypertension, polycystic kidney disease, congenital defects, or other conditions.  UVA performs both cadaveric kidney transplants as well as transplants organs from living donors.
  • Liver transplants - an option for individuals suffering from end stage liver disease related to NASH cirrhosis, alcoholic cirrhosis, hepatitis, or other conditions.  UVA performs both cadaveric and living donor liver transplants.
  • Lung transplants - an option for individuals suffering from end stage lung disease related to COPD, emphysema, cystic fibrosis or other conditions.  UVA only performs cadaveric lung transplants at this time.
  • Pancreas transplants - an option for diabetic patients who are unable to control their blood sugars with diet control and insulin.  This procedure may be done at the same time as a kidney transplant, or separately, for those patients who do not have diabetes related kidney failure.

Related Links/Resources:

Your inpatient transplant dietitians are:  

 Tamara Karosanidze, RD, CNSC

Austin Shinall, RD

Rachel Cornett, MS, RD, CNSC

                                                               

    

 

**************************************************************