Your Dialysis Access Team
Your doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals at BIDMC will help you learn about your disease, the tests you will have, the preparations you need to make before the dialysis access operation, the recovery period, your medications, and much more. Your dialysis access team is your primary source of information and is always available to answer your questions and address your concerns.
A Trusted Partnership
Your primary team includes a nephrologist (a physician who specializes in kidney function and disease), a transplant surgeon who does dialysis access surgery, a renal (kidney) nurse practitioner, and a dialysis access nurse coordinator.
Your nephrologist has special training in caring for patients with kidney disease. Together your nephrologist and dialysis access surgeon, along with the rest of the dialysis access team, help:
- Select the appropriate type of dialysis (peritoneal or hemodialysis) and dialysis access
- Provide important pre- and postoperative care
- Answer questions about dialysis and dialysis access
Your dialysis access nurse coordinator and surgeon will see you in our outpatient clinic following your access surgery. We work closely with the nephrologists, your dialysis center, and your other medical providers in the community to coordinate your care following dialysis access surgery. In addition to performing the dialysis access surgery, surgeons also do:
- Kidney, pancreas and liver transplants
- Living donor nephrectomy
- Non-transplant hepatobiliary surgery (related to the liver and biliary tract)
- General surgery in transplant patients
Your dialysis access nurse coordinator has special expertise in dialysis. You will see your access nurse coordinator regularly during your clinic visits. She coordinates and manages all aspects of your care along with your physician and surgeon:
- Arrange and organize the required testing needed for dialysis access surgery and post-operative care and follow-up referrals
- Provide patient and family education