Pediatric kidney transplant in Indiana
When a kidney transplant is the best long-term treatment option for your child, you want the best care. Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at Ascension St. Vincent is a regional leader in kidney transplant for babies, children and adults. Your child’s care team works with a large network of doctors and specialists across the Midwest to help match your child with a kidney as soon as possible.
If your child has been diagnosed with advanced kidney failure, schedule an appointment with our team of transplant specialists.
Care for children with advanced kidney failure
When you are told your child needs a kidney transplant, you will be connected with our highly experienced transplant team at Ascension St. Vincent. At the first appointment, your child will have a complete health evaluation to determine if a kidney transplant is their best possible treatment option. If your child is a candidate for a transplant, they are added to the national waitlist. We provide live and deceased donor transplants to help increase the chance of finding a match.
While your child is waiting for their new kidney, we work with you and your family on a care plan to keep your child as healthy as possible. This care plan often includes dialysis. Dialysis is a treatment option that helps do the job of the kidneys by filtering fluid and waste out of the bloodstream. Your child's nephrologist can connect your child to dialysis care, if needed.
What to expect during your child’s kidney transplant
When you choose Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital for your child’s kidney transplant, you get a multispecialty transplant team dedicated to their care. Nephrologists, surgeons, therapists, counselors, dietitians, pharmacists, infectious disease specialists and others work together to provide all the care your child needs for during transplant surgery, recovery and beyond. We understand this can be an emotional time for your entire family. Your child’s care team is here to support your family every step of the way.
Once a match is found for your child, their transplant will be scheduled right away. After surgery, they will recover in our pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) for a few days. Then, patients typically spend 1-2 weeks recovering in the hospital. During this time, your child’s care team is continuously monitoring your child’s health to make sure their new kidney is functioning properly.
Before your child leaves the hospital, we schedule their follow-up visits and educate you on how to care for your child at home. We also take the time to answer all your questions – big and small.
Living donor program
The living donor program can give your family more opportunity to find a donor match for your child. Pediatric patients can receive a donor kidney from an adult. If you have a family member or other individual who is a good match, they may donate one of their kidneys. If your family member or other individual is not a match for your child — we offer a living donor exchange program through the National Kidney Registry. To learn more about the living donor program, call 317-338-6701.
Refer a patient to a pediatric specialist
Your patients and their families can expect compassionate, personalized care from the moment our specialists connect with them. Our pediatric specialists start by listening to fully understand their needs and develop an individualized care plan. To make a doctor referral, please call 317-338-2487.
Financial assistance and support is available
We can connect you with resources and programs that may be able to help you and your family with options for financial assistance. Our team is here to listen to your concerns and work with you to help find options that meet your needs. Talk with our financial assistant as a first step, if you have questions.