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Kidney transplants are the favored medical intervention for anyone diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). At Atlantic Dialysis Management Services, our goal is to empower you to make the best decisions based on your transplant goals. As you begin moving toward your transplant goals, your first course of action should be to speak with your nephrologist about the different transplant options available to you as well as which transplant provider may be the best fit for you. Before contacting a transplant provider, you should speak with your care partner regarding any questions you may have about the transplant process. We also recommend reaching out to your current insurance provider to identify the benefits they will provide to you throughout the transplant process, especially if you are currently covered by a commercial health insurance policy. Many commercial policies do not cover the kidney transplant procedure, but they may provide other benefits relevant to the procedure. As always, your care team is available to support you throughout the entire process. Below are the three individual members of your care team that can assist you in this.
You can rely on your social worker to help you process the broad range of thoughts and feelings you may be experiencing. Your social worker is also an excellent resource for referrals for additional community resources. Your dietitian will review your lab work and help you develop and maintain a balanced nutritional plan – an important factor in making sure you are a healthy transplant candidate. Your nephrologist, nurses, and patient care technicians will provide you with quality dialysis treatment and medical advice that will help you live a healthy lifestyle and achieve your transplant goals.
After completing the transplant evaluation process and being approved for the transplant waitlist, contact your social worker to discuss out-of-state transplant options. Life on dialysis does not mean the end of independent living, and receiving a kidney transplant is by far the biggest step you can take in that direction. Should you choose to take that step, we here at ADMS will do everything we can to make sure the process goes as smoothly as possible for you.