hair loss after major surgery

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I had a kidney transplant 6 months ago.the surgery lasted 3-4 hours.I went to a dermatologist because my hair was beginning to fall out. I didn't know if my meds were the cause? She said the cause was the surgery and everyone who undergoes major surgery goes through this.

Has  anyone experienced this? If so how long did it last? Did it frighten you? Please share it with me.

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    Its the effects of the Immunosuppressants that you are probably taking.   Its not unusual and your hair should gradually recover as your drugs are adjusted to the minimum needed.   What drugs are you taking?
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      Hi Marina

      To  answer you question: My meds are: Envarsus XR..5mg daily. ( I had been on Tacro..3mg in AM and 3mg PM. This change began 5 days ago.)

                                                                      Prednisone..5mg ..daily

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      As well as the Immunosupressants you are taking your body has undergone a massive shock by having this sort of surgery.  It has gone into "Survival "mode so anything that was not essential to life has been ignored in favour of  survival.    Blood circulating to your hair would be at a minimum and this would have started 6 months ago.    You are now seeing the result of that blood loss as your hair thins.   Your drugs are being adjusted which is great. Envarsus XR is Tacro but just once a day  and at an adjusted dose. 

     I think you will gradually see your hair begin to thicken again as your body settles down and heals but it may take up to 2 years or so.    Good luck. 


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