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Kidney transplant

A kidney transplant is a surgical procedure performed to restore proper kidney function when your kidney is no longer able to function on its own. A donor kidney will be used to replace the failing kidney with a healthy one.

Kidney transplant programs in North Texas

If your kidney is failing, the kidney transplant programs in the Medical City Healthcare network can help.

A team of transplant surgeons and related specialists offer patients access to advanced care for kidney and kidney-pancreas transplants, including pre- and postoperative care.

Types of kidney transplant

We focus on providing full-service care for eligible kidney transplant patients, which is why we offer:

The transplant services at Medical City Healthcare focus on a collaborative approach to care as well as providing access to testing, evaluation, surgery and recovery options—all in one location.

Am I eligible for a kidney transplant

Kidney transplant eligibility is based on a variety of factors, but these general guidelines can help you determine whether a kidney transplant may be appropriate for you.

Kidney transplant-eligible patients should:

  • Be on dialysis or close to needing dialysis
  • Have the ability to follow a complicated medical treatment regimen
  • Have a strong family or social support system
  • Not be active drug or alcohol abusers
  • Not consider age or weight as barriers to transplant consideration

What to expect during a kidney transplant evaluation

Our living donor advocate works directly with a potential donor and acts as the donor’s representative. The donor advocate will ensure that any potential concerns are communicated and explored prior to donation.

Living kidney donation

A living kidney donation involves the removal of a kidney from a living donor and placement into a recipient whose kidneys no longer function properly. To determine whether you are a viable candidate to donate a kidney, basic blood work and urine tests are performed at your convenience.

Once the donor and the recipient are approved for transplant, the surgery date will be set based on the request of the donor and recipient and the availability of a surgeon.

The waiting time for a deceased donor kidney can be lengthy, about an average of 5 years. Live donor transplants are the fastest and best way to receive a transplant. Wait times for a living donor transplant can be as little as 2 to 3 months.

Did you know?

  • All medical costs for the living donor are covered by the recipient’s insurance.
  • Your donor does not need to be a blood relative to donate – anyone can be a living donor.
  • Your donor can live a normal, healthy life with just one kidney.
  • Donating a kidney does not increase the risk of developing kidney disease. However, if the need ever arises, a previous donor can be prioritized for future transplant.

Why choose a living donor transplant?

  • Live donor kidneys are the best option for the intended recipient. They are the best quality kidneys and usually begins working immediately.
  • In most cases, live donor kidneys function longer than deceased donor kidneys.
  • Minimally invasive donor surgery with an average hospitalization stay of 1-2 nights and return to work in as little as 2 weeks.
  • Live donor surgeries are scheduled, which allows both the donor and the recipient time to prepare.

Checklist for potential donors

Your donor should be:

  • In good mental and physical health
  • Free of diabetes
  • Within normal blood pressure limits
  • Acceptable weight
  • Willing to give the gift of life

After donating a kidney, the remaining kidney will grow and maintain the daily function of two kidneys. Your life expectancy does not change and kidney donation does not increase the chance of getting kidney disease.

Kidney transplant online resources

In addition to the resources provided at Medical City Healthcare facilities, there is an online community of support available to help you learn more about kidney transplant surgery and overall kidney health, including:

Videos about our Kidney transplant services

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Kidney Transplant Orientation Video

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