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When you’re diagnosed with stage 4 or stage 5 kidney disease and start preparing to go on dialysis, your first step is to identify a kidney specialist (also called a nephrologist). With just a little research, you can find the nephrologist that fits your needs when it’s time for dialysis.
Here are a couple of suggestions on how to start:
1. After the research process, make a list of potential kidney doctors.
2. Narrow down your choices by making a pros and cons list. Write out what attributes are important to you and check either “pro” or “con” next to each item. Your list may include:
3. Make the decision based on the pros and cons. Choose a kidney doctor and make an appointment right away. Bring a list of questions for him or her to answer during your visit to ensure that you have the information you need as you transition to dialysis.
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