The Nephrology Program is part of the Medical Subspecialties Institute at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. It focuses on the care of patients who are undergoing kidney transplants before, during, and after transplantation. Because kidney transplant is a complicated procedure requiring continuous follow-up, the team also collaborates closely with caregivers at other subspecialties and Institutes across Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.
Kidney transplantations from living donors are available at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. Transplantation is a complex procedure that requires a Patients First, multidisciplinary, team approach between surgeons, nephrologists, transplant coordinators, nurses, social workers, and dietitians. In addition, there is a strong collaboration with the cardiology and gastroenterology teams to assist with preparing a patient for transplant.
The team at the Nephrology Program prepares patients both medically and psychosocially for their transplants through extensive diagnostic testing and education about what to expect. Before the operation, the team works directly with surgeons to prepare patients for surgery. During surgery, physicians work with the surgical team to help co-manage patients. After the transplant has taken place, the team of caregivers:
Possible complications that can arise after a kidney transplant include:
After a patient has been discharged from the hospital, he or she will be expected to continue to return to Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi for monitoring and follow-up care with the Nephrology Program team. Program caregivers will continue to monitor for complications, including microbiological and cancer screenings, as well as vaccinations.
Diagnosis with Nephrology
Patients referred to Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Nephrology Program will undergo a range of tests to monitor their levels of antibodies, hormones, and other chemicals, including:
Patients will also undergo imaging studies, including:
Treatment with Nephrology
The team of caregivers within the Nephrology Program manages and monitors the amount of immunosuppressive medication (medications that reduce the action of the body’s immune system) patients must take to ensure that the transplanted kidney is not rejected by the body. Certain treatments may also be prescribed, managed, and administered, such as:
The nephrology team consists of caregivers from a wide range of specialties that work closely with other subspecialties and Institutes to provide comprehensive, Patients First care.
Caregivers involved in patient care for this program are:
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