The Dialysis Program at Children's Mercy cares for children with all types of kidney disorders who need renal replacement therapy with dialysis. Our program is nationally and internationally recognized as a leader in pediatric dialysis care and research.
Dr. Bradley Warady, Director of the Division of Nephrology at Children’s Mercy, helped create international guidelines for pediatric dialysis treatment and has co-authored two prominent textbooks on the subject.
Our program combines medical expertise with a personalized approach for each child, so that you know your child is receiving the best possible care.
What is dialysis?
Dialysis is a type of medical treatment that replaces some of the functions of the kidneys using an artificial kidney machine (hemodialysis) or the lining of your child’s belly (peritoneal dialysis).
Healthy kidneys act as a filter for the body, removing waste products, salt and extra water from the blood and keeping appropriate levels of certain chemicals the body needs, like potassium, sodium and bicarbonate.
Doctors track kidney function using percentages to show how effectively the kidneys are working. If your child has lost about 85-90 percent of their kidney function, this is called end-stage kidney failure. At this point, dialysis helps keep their body in balance until they can receive a kidney transplant.
Children’s Mercy has built a dialysis program that centers around what children and families need. First and foremost, we strive to offer effective treatment that is as comfortable and suited to your family’s lifestyle as possible.
Our home hemodialysis program is one of the few programs in the nation designed specifically for pediatric needs. We are able to offer this option to our patients because of the strong partnerships and extensive training we provide to parents and caregivers so that families feel confident in caring for their child at home.
In the hospital
Our dialysis unit at the hospital has 10 treatment stations and is one of the largest pediatric-specific dialysis units in the nation. Our dedicated team will build a relationship with your child so that each time you come, you feel welcome. We view the families as partners and are always incorporating their ideas and suggestions to help us make our program better.