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"Kidney transplantation is a little bit different from other organ transplants because we have two options--transplant and dialysis--and both are good treatments for children with chronic kidney disease. We work closely with the dialysis program to find the best way to treat each child."
--William E. Harmon, MD, medical director, Kidney Transplant Program
If your child has severe end-stage kidney disease (ESRD) that no longer responds to treatment, a kidney transplant is likely to be the best option to give her a longer and healthier life. The kidney transplant operation is done to replace diseased kidneys with a healthy one from another person.
It’s important to remember that a transplant is more than just an operation – it also includes:
1) Doing everything we can to make sure your child’s health is as robust as possible before surgery. In many cases, a short course of dialysis is the best way to do this. It’s also important to make sure that the family is ready for a transplant.
2) Life-long medications your child will need to take to prevent her immune system from rejecting the new kidney
We’re the only kidney transplant program in New England dedicated to caring for young children and teens. Children are our priority; that’s why we played an instrumental role in changing the way pediatric patients were listed on the organ waiting list. Thanks to our intervention, patients 18 years old and younger now receive priority listing on the kidney transplant list. We also offer the only specialized pediatric dialysis unit in New England.
Our compassionate caregivers know that your child is a person, not just a patient, and we provide support services for your child and your family throughout all stages of treatment, including:
Kidney transplant: Reviewed by William Harmon, MD
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