Children who undergo kidney transplant procedures generally experience longer life spans, improved growth and development, and enhanced quality of life compared to patients in their age group who receive chronic dialysis. In addition, a kidney transplant generally improves a patient’s energy and school performance. It also allows a return to a more normalized family and friend schedule for children who have been on dialysis prior to transplant
Our Pediatric Nephrology Program was named among the top 25 programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report (July 21, 2009). No other program in our region ranked higher.
Since the program was established, more than 130 children have received kidney transplants at UI Children’s Hospital.