Your health care team
You will work with a team of health care providers before, during and after surgery. You may work with any or all of the following.
A surgeon is a specially trained doctor who does the transplant surgery.
A doctor specially trained in kidney diseases.
- Transplant coordinator:
A nurse who coordinates the care of the donor and protects the donor’s interest and well-being.
- Primary (regular) doctor:
Your regular doctor will have access to all of your treatment information. You will keep visiting your regular doctor for your usual health care needs.
- Social worker:
A social worker may work with you and your family to offer support and information on resources in your community. He or she can answer Medicare or insurance questions.
- Financial specialist:
A financial specialist can help you with billing questions.
A dietitian is available if you have any questions or concerns about your diet or nutrition.
Nurses will educate, support and guide you. They will help you with your surgery, pain management and/or pain control, and preparing to go home.
A pharmacist can help answer any of your questions about prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Having all of your prescriptions filled at one pharmacy can help the pharmacist tell if any of your medicines may interfere with each other and/or cause side effects.