The pre-transplant evaluation is a series of tests that helps decide if a pediatric kidney transplant is the best option for your child. The Children’s Kidney Transplant coordinator will schedule your child’s evaluation. This will be an outpatient visit to Children’s at Egleston.
The Children’s Kidney Transplant coordinator will schedule tests and meetings with the Children’s Kidney Transplant team during your visit. They will work closely with you during the entire process.
Parents should plan to stay for the entire one or two days of the pre-transplant evaluation. You should be able to answer the questions below after meeting with the team. Please ask the team to explain any areas that you do not understand.
- What are the reasons for a kidney transplant?
- What are the risks and alternatives of a kidney transplant?
- How long is the kidney transplant process from beginning to end?
- What is the process for a living donation kidney transplant?
Preparing for the Pre-Transplant Evaluation
To help ensure that the pre-transplant evaluation goes as smoothly as possible:
- Bring a copy of your insurance benefits and insurance I.D. card with your deductible and co-payment amounts.
- Your child must have a pediatrician. Bring the doctor’s name and phone number with you to the evaluation.
- Arrive on time. If you are late, we may need to reschedule your visit.
- Please leave young siblings at home. Your focus needs to be learning about the pediatric kidney transplant. We do want your family to take part in follow-up kidney transplant clinic visits.
- Call your pediatrician to make sure that your child’s immunization (shot) records are up-to-date.
- Bring your child’s records along with his doctor’s name and phone number to the pre-transplant evaluation.
- Write a list of questions to ask the team. Share your concerns and fears with them.