Nephrology and kidney transplantation
Kidney surgery preparation and recovery
If your child requires surgery at UC Davis Children's Hospital for conditions related to renal function — including kidney transplantation — the Division of Nephrology will be closely involved. In preparation for a transplant procedure, our kidney specialists will perform a pre-transplant “work up” to ensure that the patient is fully prepared for the procedure.
The pre-op service includes consultations with the transplant surgeon, as well as with other specialists as needed — perhaps dietitians, a social service worker, or a psychiatrist. Together, these experts assess the ability of the patient to withstand the emotional rigors of major surgery and the likelihood of the patient to comply with a medication regimen and to keep follow-up appointments. UC Davis Children's Hospital kidney specialists maintain such close involvement with transplant patients in order to minimize their risk of rejection of the transplanted kidney.