Pediatric kidney transplant in Dallas

The Medical City Children's Hospital Transplant Institute offers comprehensive pediatric kidney care in one facility, allowing patients to see the same physicians and support team from birth to adulthood.

Here, the pediatric renal team is dedicated to providing specialized care for children with end-stage renal kidney disease. This team offers advanced care and empowers patients and families through education about their condition and kidney transplantation.

To learn more about kidney transplant surgery and our services, please call our free, 24-hour Ask a Nurse line.

As an Approved Transplant Program by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), we provide customized clinical programs designed to meet each patient's needs.

The transplant program specialists are well trained in the unique problems of young patients battling advanced kidney disease, and work closely with the patient’s referring physician to ensure continuity of care and a successful post-transplant recovery.

Medical City Children's Hospital is also the only hospital in North Texas where a kidney recipient and donor can be treated in the same facility, which can be especially important for parents, family members, and friends, who wish to donate.

Kidney transplant evaluation process

Patients 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 patient's individual treatment plan.

The pre-transplant process typically includes:

  • Chest X-ray
  • Blood tests
  • Cardiac evaluation—echocardiogram (EKG)
  • Abdominal sonogram
  • Social work evaluation
  • Urology consultation
  • Dental and eye exam
  • Pap smear (for girls 16 years old and older)

Once approved, the patient’s name will be placed on the national UNOS transplant waiting list.

Medicare, Medicaid and most private health insurance companies cover pediatric kidney transplant surgery if the patient meets certain criteria. Our financial coordinators and social workers are available to help you through each step of the process.

Pediatric kidney transplant criteria

Your child must receive clearance from all appropriate medical consultants and meet the following criteria to have kidney transplant surgery:

  • Between two years old and 18 years old
  • Irreversible end-stage renal disease
  • Weigh at least 25 pounds
  • Up-to-date immunizations

Living donation

Candidates considering living kidney donation should request a donor application from Medical City Children's Hospital Transplant Institute. 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 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.

For more information about living kidney donations or to request an application, please call (972) 566-7801.

Where to find us

The transplant institute is located in Building C of Medical City Children's Hospital. We are located on the seventh floor (Suite C-750).

Kidney transplant at Medical City Healthcare

A kidney transplant is a surgical procedure performed to restore proper kidney function when a kidney is no longer able to function on its own. A donor kidney is procured and replaces the failing kidney with a healthy one.

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