Things to avoid after donation:
- Activities that could injure your kidney, like kickboxing
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (aka NSAIDs, pronounced “N-said-zz”) like ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, Aleve, Excedrin, etc.
- Instead, use Tylenol (acetaminophen) for aches/pains/fevers
- Drinking lots of protein shakes
- If this is a part of your normal diet, ask your transplant team to refer you to a nutritionist who can help you make a plan that will work for you and your kidney.
- Binge drinking of alcohol
- Getting IV contrast (through a tube that runs into the vein in your arm) when you get a medical imaging study like a CT scan
- This may sometimes be medically necessary, but the doctor ordering the imaging should be told that you are a living kidney donor.
- Herbal medications
Things to do after donation:
- Visit your primary care doctor for a check-up every year
- Keep your body mass index, or BMI, below 30
- Get your blood pressure checked at least annually and keep it below 130/80
- Exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet
- Tell all health care professionals that take care of you that you are a living kidney donor