The transplant surgeon performs the transplant surgery and monitors you after the surgery for any complications such as infection or rejection. The surgeon will also work with the transplant team to make sure test results and adjustments to medications are correct.
The transplant physician (nephrologist for kidney patients, heptologist for liver patients, and pulmonologist for lung patients) works with the transplant patient before and after the transplant. She or he is responsible for monitoring your organ function along with other medical concerns.
The transplant coordinator is usually a registered nurse and works closely with you before the surgery. This person is responsible for overseeing the entire organ transplant process.
The social worker provides support, education and counseling to reduce stress during the transplant process. They usually have extensive knowledge of the community services provided to transplant recipients and are highly skilled at assisting patients and their families with adjusting to life as a chronic disease patient. The social worker may also be able to advise on Medicare, Medicaid and other insurance related issues.
The psychologist or psychiatrist assists patients in coping with the transplant experience and the changes it will make in one’s life. They will also perform psychological evaluations and participate on the interdisciplinary treatment team.
The pharmacist informs patients how to correctly use their immunosuppressants and other medications. They are able to assist the recipient with any medication concerns.
The dietitian may complete a nutritional assessment on the donor and recipient, and will help you develop an eating plan that provides a balanced diet and appropriate calories.
The transplant financial coordinator helps patients understand the cost of transplantation, what they are expected to pay, and what insurance will or will not pay. The financial coordinator will also address any federal or private assistance available in your area as well as other financial options available.
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