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Getting ready for a pediatric kidney transplant can be overwhelming for both parents and children.
Knowing what to expect and staying in contact with your child's care team can help ease some of this stress.
You can expect to spend two full days at our transplant center during your child's pre-transplant visit. Your child will have many tests.
Tests your child may need before a kidney transplant include:
Your child's care team will do a complete physical exam to make sure we know all about your child's health. We'll also look for any issues that may need surgery to correct.
Many children in kidney failure have problems with their renal system. We may need to fix these problems with surgery, either before or during your child's kidney transplant.
You and your child will see some of these team members during your pre-transplant visit:
It's vital that your child stays as healthy as possible after the pre-transplant exams and tests.
Here's what you should do while you and your child wait for a kidney:
If a donor kidney becomes available that may be a match for your child, your transplant coordinator will call you right away. You should get to the hospital as soon as you can.
While you and your child are on the way, your transplant team will assess the donor kidney. They'll make sure the kidney is healthy, and that it's a good match for your child.
If you have questions, concerns, or unexpected needs about your child's kidney transplant, contact our team at 412-692-5182.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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