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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.

    • Surgeon: A surgeon is a specially trained doctor who does the transplant surgery.
    • Nephrologist: 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.
    • 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.