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.

Source: Allina Health Patient Education, Kidney Transplant Information for Recipients and Donors, renal_ahc_93498
Reviewed By: Allina Patient Education experts, including the Transplantation Department of Abbott Northwestern Hospital
First Published: 05/15/2009
Last Reviewed: 05/15/2009