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Kidney Failure: Your Healthcare Team

The members of your healthcare team are the people who work with you to manage your treatment. They will guide you through your choices and teach you how to live with kidney failure. They can also address your concerns and give you support. Work with your team to ensure that you feel your best.

The Members of Your TeamGroup of four healthcare providers smiling.

These are some of the people who make up your healthcare team. You may already know a few of them.

  • A nephrologist is a doctor who treats kidney problems. He or she prescribes your treatment.

  • A registered nurse works with you and your doctors to manage your care and help you learn what you need to know about your treatment.

  • A dialysis technician assists with dialysis treatment.

  • A surgeon is a doctor who prepares your body for dialysis or who performs a kidney transplant.

  • A dietitian (also called a nutritionist) teaches you which foods and fluids to eat and drink and which to limit.

  • A social worker can help you deal with paperwork, insurance, your work and family life, and any stress you may feel.

 

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