Healthy weight pre and post-kidney transplant

A healthy weight for a kidney transplant is imperative. Usually a weight loss before receiving or donating a kidney is suggested, but less is said about a healthy post-surgery weight.

Maintaining a healthy weight can be a big part of the kidney transplant process – both before the transplant surgery and after. There are no set requirements for weight that you must meet to qualify for kidney transplant. However, your weight among other factors will be evaluated to ensure you are healthy enough physically for the transplant surgery. Losing weight is a very common recommendation for people both looking to receive a kidney transplant and to donate a kidney.

Keeping a healthy weight after transplant may be a consideration that is lesser known, but it is equally important. Gaining weight after kidney transplant is very common due to having less restrictions on the food you eat and side-effects of immunosuppressant medications.

If you or a loved one are considering transplant, take time to listen to this webinar and learn more about how to balance a healthy weight along with kidney disease. Get information about how to keep a healthy weight long-term to avoid complications leading up to and after transplant.

During this webinar, speaker Dr. Brent Miller of Indiana University will discuss:  

  1. Preparing for kidney transplant as it relates to healthy weight.
  2. Considerations after transplant including changes in metabolism, side effects of medications, and weight gain.
  3. Strategies to maintain a healthy weight before and after transplant.


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Brent W. Miller, M.D.

Dr. Miller is a Professor of Medicine and Clinical Chief of Nephrology at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He attended medical school at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, where he also specialized in internal medicine and completed his renal fellowship.

Dr. Miller has earned several honors and awards, including the United Way of Greater St. Louis Health Professional of the Year Award in 2000. He is a member of the American Society of Nephrology and the American Society of Transplantation. Dr. Miller has contributed to numerous publications and currently serves on the Editorial Board for Nephrology News and Issues.