Meet Your Transplant Team
Optimal care for your child before, during, and after a transplant depends on the expertise of a large team of highly trained health care providers who work together to ensure most successful outcomes. Among the specialists on the team may be
- A transplant nurse coordinator who organizes every element in your child’s care, before, during, and after the transplant. The nurse will educate you and your child (if old enough) and will schedule and communicate about diagnostic testing and follow up care.
- Cardiologists, pulmonologists, gastroenterologists, nephrologists, hepatologists, and other specialists
- Transplant surgeons who monitor your child before transplantation, perform the surgery, and follow your child after the transplant and discharge from the hospital. These specialists in transplantation coordinate all members of the transplant team who collaborate in the care of your child.
- Dietitians who work with you and your family to ensure that your child’s nutritional needs are met before and after transplant surgery
- Physical therapists who work with your child after transplant surgery to increase strength, endurance and independence
- Social workers who support your family throughout the process with lodging and transportation, as well as with financial and legal issues. Social workers are also able to provide services that ensure that your child does not fall behind in school.
- Pastoral care chaplains who provide spiritual care and support.
A number of additional specialists may evaluate your child before transplantation and will provide monitoring and follow-up care afterward. Although there may be a long list of additional team members, among them are the following:
- Child life specialists
- Infectious disease specialists
- Lab technicians