As the only certified program in the state approved to perform kidney transplants in children, our pediatric kidney transplant specialists at Arkansas Children’s provide the experience and expertise to help our young patients. 

The conditions leading to a kidney transplant in a child are typically different than those of adults. We bring pediatric expertise to diagnose and treat conditions that result in end-stage kidney disease in children and use that expertise to expedite transplants when possible. When kidney transplantation is the best option, we will work with you to ensure your child is in the best possible health for a successful transplant.

Multidisciplinary Team Approach

It can feel overwhelming to families to learn that a child needs a kidney transplant. That's why Arkansas Children's takes a team approach with caring experts who work with you throughout the process. From initial consultation through recovery, our team will be with you to explain the process and optimize care.

Among the support team are pediatric nephrologists, transplant surgeons and urologists, nurses, a specialized pediatric transplant pharmacist, the transplant coordinator and specialists in transplant social work, child life and financial counseling. Our goal is to make this process as easy for you and your child as possible.

Types of Kidney Transplants

There are two types of kidney transplants:

  • A living-donor transplant – when someone with kidney failure gets a kidney from someone who is still alive, usually a relative or close friend, but occasionally from a stranger.
  • A non-living-donor transplant - when people donate their kidneys for transplant after they die. It can take a long time to find an appropriate match because more people need new kidneys than kidneys are being donated.

Our goal is to help patients enjoy a full and productive life after their transplant. People who have kidney transplants will take medications for the rest of their lives to prevent the body from rejecting the kidney. However, many patients who have kidney transplants go on to live normal, healthy lives after they recover from surgery.

Contact the Transplant Center

If your doctor has recommended a kidney transplant, please call the transplant center at 501-364-1847 and ask for the kidney transplant coordinator or the medical director. Your local doctor can also process a referral by calling 501-364-1847.

Why Choose Arkansas Children's

Arkansas Children's Hospital is home to the only pediatric Level One Trauma Center in Arkansas. While we hope that no child needs care from an accident or injury, for the children in Arkansas, there is no better place for them than the Pediatric Level One Trauma Center at Arkansas Children's Hospital.

Our surgical services team specializes in providing expert care for children. Anesthesiologists, surgeons, nurses, and the interdisciplinary team bring pediatric expertise and years of experience to each patient's perioperative care.