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.
To learn more about kidney transplant surgery and our services, please call our free, 24-hour Ask a Nurse line.
Types of kidney transplant
We focus on providing full-service care for eligible kidney transplant patients, which is why we offer:
- Living and deceased transplant surgeries
- Adult and pediatric kidney transplant
- Adult pancreas transplant
- Adult pancreas after kidney transplant
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/recipient and the availability of surgeon. Living donors typically stay in the hospital one to two days.
Living donors can usually return to work in two to four weeks. If a living donor's job entails heavy lifting or other strenuous activities, it may be six weeks or longer before a donor can return.
People only need one healthy kidney to survive. 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: