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Kidney Transplant

Leaders in kidney disease treatment

If your child needs a kidney transplant, our history is sure to make you feel more secure about a transplant at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital. One of the most experienced pediatric programs in the world, nearly 1,000 children have received a kidney transplant at our hospital.

First in the nation
In the 1970s, University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital became the first in the nation to develop successful strategies for long-term hemodialysis and kidney transplant in children. Our experience allows us to take on the most complex cases. Our new hospital building has Minnesota's only pediatric-dedicated dialysis center.

What makes us different?
The pediatric Kidney Transplant Program at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital is one of the most successful in the world.

  • Our pediatric nephrologists, urologists and surgeons have more than 30 years of experience. Your child is in excellent hands because:
    • We have some of the highest reported infant kidney transplant success rates in the world. 
    • Our surgeons have performed more than 170 kidney transplants in children under age 2. 
    • After transplant, babies in our program improve quickly in growth, height, and weight and brain development.
  • Because our living donor kidney program is one of the largest in the country, your child’s chances of receiving a kidney sooner are good.
  • In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked our kidney care program for children among the top 20 in the country, and best in Minnesota.

Living donor kidney transplant program
At University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital, our living donor kidney transplant program is helping to make more kidney transplants available to children who need them. The Transplant Center is a world leader in living donor transplantation, and we have the most successful living donor program in the nation.

Treating children worldwide

More than one-third of our kidney transplant patients come to University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital from distant areas in the United States, as well as other countries. Our doctors understand your concerns and are ready to continue working with you and your referring doctors when you return home--no matter where you live. 

Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program fact sheet. (PDF)

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Pediatric Kidney Transplant Medicine

Pediatric Kidney Transplant Surgery

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Our Providers Make the Difference
Fairview features nearly 4,000 providers practicing at over 200 locations throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area and beyond. Fairview Clinics, University of Minnesota Physicians and our independent partner clinics provide an exceptional care experience, while lowering the overall costs of health care.

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Our Providers Make the Difference
Fairview features nearly 4,000 providers practicing at over 200 locations throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area and beyond. Fairview Clinics, University of Minnesota Physicians and our independent partner clinics provide an exceptional care experience, while lowering the overall costs of health care.

Anonymous donor triggers chain of three kidney transplants

Contact: Jennifer Amundson, Fairview Health Services, Media Relations, 612-672-4165
Jessica Brovold, Sanford USD Medical Center, 605-328-7053

MINNEAPOLIS (January 25, 2012) – An anonymous kidney donor began a sequence of six surgeries, resulting in three people in two states receiving kidney transplants.

The transplant chain included two surgeries at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD, and four at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital and University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. This rare chain of surgeries was made possible by unique programs at the transplant centers. The non-directed donor program allows individuals who meet strict criteria to donate a kidney, anonymously, to the most compatible recipient on the waiting list. The paired exchange kidney donation program allows a potential recipient with a willing, but incompatible, donor to be placed in a “pool” with other incompatible donors and potential recipients. The end result is that the donor agrees to give a kidney if a match is found for his or her exchange partner.

In this case, a non-directed donor in Minneapolis was a match for a potential recipient in Sioux Falls in the paired exchange pool. The Minneapolis kidney was flown to Sioux Falls. Two surgeries later, a kidney from Sioux Falls was driven to Minneapolis. The chain continued with two more transplants at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital and University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. In total, three donors gave kidneys to three recipients in the last month.

Non-directed donation is anonymous. For that reason, the patients involved in these transplants are not identified and not available for interviews at this time. This is the first time Sanford USD Medical Center and University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital have been involved in a kidney transplant chain.

This chain is the sixth for University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview – involving a total of 36 patients. The medical center’s first chain was completed in July 2010.

Learn more about kidney donation.

STORY ELEMENTS: Transplant surgeons at University of Minnesota Medical Center are available for interviews about transplant chains, paired donation pool and non-directed donation.


 
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