Kidney Transplant at Medical City Children's Hospital

The pediatric renal team at Medical City Children's Hospital is dedicated to providing specialized care for the children with end-stage renal kidney disease. We provide the most advance care available and are devoted to empowering patients and families through education about their condition and the option for kidney transplantation. Our leadership has more than 25 years of transplant experience and the entire team provides an interdisciplinary approach, with individual clinical programs designed to meet each child’s needs. The transplant team works diligently to perfect the latest techniques, refine protocols and help transplant candidates prepare for surgery. The Renal Transplant Program at Medical City is certified as an approved transplant program by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).

What is the Evaluation Process?

Patients visiting Medical City Children's Hospital will undergo an extensive series of tests and evaluations to determine the appropriate treatment option. During the initial visit, the patient and their family will meet with the team of specialists to discuss the individual treatment plan. Patients typically undergo the following pre-transplant medical tests:

  • Chest X-ray
  • Blood tests
  • Cardiac evaluation – Echocardiogram/EKG
  • Abdominal sonogram
  • Social Work evaluation
  • Urology consultation
  • Dental and eye exam
  • Pap smear – for girls age 16 and older

The entire transplant team will review the evaluation data, including current immunization records to decide if the patient is a candidate for a kidney transplant. Once approved, the patient’s name will be placed on the national UNOS transplant waiting list.

Transplant Referral Process

Our nurse coordinator and staff are dedicated to gently guiding patients and their families through the pre and post transplant process. Please contact Medical City Children's Hospital Transplant at (972) 566-7199 or (800) 348-4318.

Offering Transplantation as an Effective Treatment Option

When a child’s quality of life is filled with limitations, and current medical therapies are not working to manage his or her renal disease, a kidney transplant can be an effective treatment option. We offer kidney transplantation for children when it will clearly provide a better quality of life and better potential for growth and development.

How Does a Child Qualify to be a Transplant Candidate?

Each potential candidate is evaluated on an individual basis, and undergoes an extensive series of tests to determine if transplantation is the most appropriate treatment option. Children considered for a kidney transplant must receive clearance from all appropriate medical consultants and meet the following criteria:

  • Age 2 to 18
  • Irreversible end-stage renal disease (ESRD)
  • Weight at least 25 pounds
  • Up to-date immunizations
  • Compliant with all medical regimens

Who Pays For The Transplant Operation?

Most private health insurance companies, Medicare and Medicaid cover pediatric kidney transplantation if the patient meets certain criteria. Our financial coordinator and social worker are available to help you though each step of the process.

Living Donation

Candidates considering kidney donation should request a donor application from the Medical City Transplant Center. The donor evaluation and hospitalization are typically paid for by the recipient’s insurance.

Volunteering to be a living donor is a generous act and a major decision. As such, no one should feel pressured into serving as a living donor, and should be sure to carefully consider this decision.

The potential donor will undergo a series of blood tests to determine if the blood type and tissue type are compatible with the recipient. The transplant team conducts additional evaluations and reviews test results for discussion and approval