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Kidney transplant surgeons

This surgery is being performed at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis by:

Other online resources

If you find information on a Web site, show it to your transplant coordinator to make sure it is medically correct. Reliable Web sites include:

Your health care team

Tip

If you would like to talk to someone who has had a kidney transplant, please talk with your transplant coordinator.

You will work with a team of health care providers before, during and after your transplant. You may work with any or all of the following.

  • Surgeon
    A surgeon is a specially trained doctor who does the transplant surgery.
  • Nephrologist (kidney doctor)
    Your kidney doctor will be informed about your health.
  • Transplant coordinator
    The transplant coordinator will work with you and the surgeon.
  • Primary (regular) doctor

    Important

    If at any time your insurance changes (Medicare or private carrier), please call your transplant coordinator.

    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 insurance coverage and billing questions. He or she can help determine hospital costs, Medicare coverage and other similar costs.
  • Dietitian
    A dietitian is available if you have any questions or concerns about your diet or nutrition.
  • Nurses
    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.
  • Pharmacist
    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.

 

Source: Allina Patient Education, Kidney Transplant Information for Recipients and Donors, renal_ahc_93498

First published: 05/15/2009
Last updated: 05/15/2009

Reviewed by: Allina Patient Education experts, including the Transplantation Department of Abbott Northwestern Hospital