Nephrologists at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital go to great lengths to help patients "be kids" despite having a kidney condition. One way they do this is by performing preemptive kidney transplants when it's the right solution for the child and a compatible donor kidney is available.
At many medical centers, children with end-stage renal disease have to suffer through inconvenient, unpleasant dialysis treatments before getting a kidney transplant. However, at Comer Children’s, Christopher Clardy, MD, is helping these patients skip dialysis and go straight to transplantation. These preemptive transplants save the patients and their families a lot of stress. Once a child recovers from transplant surgery, he or she can lead an active life. Some research also links preemptive transplants with better graft acceptance rates than transplants performed after dialysis is begun.