Preparing for and going through the kidney transplant process with your child can be overwhelming. It is normal to have concerns and questions about your child’s treatment and care. Your child’s pediatric transplant team is here to help. A variety of experts will assist you with scheduling appointments, preparing for surgery, follow-up care, medication management, and more.
If you want to make an appointment for a pediatric kidney transplant evaluation for your child, please contact us. Our team can help with next steps.
The transplant coordinator is a nurse who works closely with you throughout the transplant process. They will teach you everything you need to know about your child’s kidney transplant, help you understand what to expect before and after transplant, and answer your transplant-related questions.
The transplant surgeon will meet with your child and loved ones to talk about the kidney transplant operation. They will review your child’s surgical history, discuss the risks and benefits of kidney transplantation, and decide if any additional kidney and blood vessel imaging scans are necessary. After surgery, they will care for your child in the hospital.
The nephrologist is a doctor with special training in managing kidney disease and kidney transplants in children. Before transplant, they will review your child’s medical history and decide which lab tests or doctor appointments are needed. After transplant, they will provide ongoing care for your child.
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Child Life Specialist
This trained professional helps children and their loved ones handle challenging medical events. The transplant process can be scary for your child, but the child life specialist can help them cope through play, preparation, and learning activities. You may ask to see them at any clinic visit. They may help calm your child during potentially stressful procedures, such as blood work or IV placement.
A medical psychologist may talk with your child and loved ones about the stress or anxiety that can come with the transplant process. They can help everyone adjust to life before, during, and after a kidney transplant.
A child psychiatrist may meet with your child to help them work through behavioral or emotional issues related to chronic kidney disease and transplant.
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