Your family's first step in the journey toward kidney transplantation is a full evaluation by our transplant team. You will learn about:
Your child will undergo a series of tests to evaluate his or her health in preparation for the transplant process. The team will also let you know what you can do to help your child stay as healthy as possible before the transplant takes place.
As many as one in four children who need a kidney transplant have a pre-existing problem with the urologic system. These include children with:
These disorders can lead to serious kidney disease in early childhood. They are often diagnosed in unborn infants during prenatal care. Our pediatric urologists and transplantation surgeons work together to meet each child's needs before transplant, performing surgery that may enhance the chance of a successful outcome after transplantation by correcting anatomical abnormalities before the transplant.
Our goal is to obtain the best matched kidney available for your child as soon as possible. We have found new ways of expanding the donor pool, increasing the number of kidneys available for transplants, addressing the shortage of healthy organs, and reducing waiting times for organs. Our transplant teams are also skilled in transplanting adult kidneys into children. These larger kidneys have more reserve and usually function better than pediatric donor kidneys.
Kidney transplantation options include:
Your child's team will teach you how to care for your child after the kidney transplant. It is very important that your child takes all medications as prescribed and takes measures to reduce the risk of infection, which is elevated in transplant recipients because of the medications they take to prevent organ rejection. After-transplant care includes:
Kidney Transplant: 800-543-2782 (pediatric organ transplantation)
Comprehensive Pediatric Transplant Service (for clinicians): 866-697-7755, 24 hours, 7 days a week