DALLAS - 44-year-old Jason Smith is looking forward to a new year, with a new lease on life after receiving a kidney transplant at Medical City Dallas, just nine months after undergoing bariatric surgery in order to qualify for the lifesaving procedure.
Smith was diagnosed with end stage renal disease at 40 years old and spent more than three years on dialysis. He sought treatment for the disease at other kidney transplant facilities, but was rejected because he did not meet their body mass index (BMI) criteria.
After visiting the Medical City Dallas Transplant Institute, Christie Gooden, MD, informed Smith that losing weight could improve his chances of qualifying for a kidney transplant at Medical City Dallas. After unsuccessful weight loss attempts through diet and exercise, Smith underwent bariatric surgery performed by Chris Bell, MD, in December 2018 at the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute at Medical City Dallas.
He lost 140 pounds and qualified for a new kidney, which he received in August.
"Bariatric surgery allowed Jason to maintain a healthy weight and ensure the best possible outcomes after his kidney transplant surgery," said Matthew Mulloy, MD, Surgical Director of Kidney and Pancreas Transplant at Medical City Dallas. "Patients like Jason can receive multidisciplinary care and highly specialized treatment in nearly 100 different specialties at Medical City Dallas."
Smith, a single dad, is now playing soccer with his son, vacationing and camping thanks to the lifesaving surgeries at Medical City Dallas. He is looking forward to 2020 with a new kidney and a healthier body weight of 213 pounds.
Medical City Dallas has performed 142 lifesaving kidney transplants so far in 2019.