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When You Need a Kidney Transplant

When you are facing serious kidney disease or kidney failure and transplantation is an option, you probably have many questions. The staff of Baylor Scott & White Health ​​is ready to walk with you through the journey and help you make the best decisions for you and your family.

Why consider a living kidney donor transplant?

A kidney donation from a living donor has several advantages for you versus a deceased donation:​

  • Better Long-Term Outcomes. Living donor kidneys often last longer in the recipient’s body than deceased donor kidneys. A living kidney is usually a better match and in better condition than a deceased donor kidney.
  • Shorter Wait-Time. You usually receive the transplanted kidney faster than you would a compatible deceased donor organ. The donor and recipient evaluation can be done at the same time to expedite the transplant process.
  • Scheduled Surgery. A living donation is a pre-planned surgery, not a sudden procedure; allowing you to be better prepared both mentally and physically.
  • Quicker Kidney Function. Living kidney donations begin working in the recipient’s body sooner than an organ that has been kept on ice and transported to the hospital. A living donor kidney usually begins working immediately, whereas a deceased donor kidney may take several days or weeks to function properly.
  • Lower Rejection Rate. Living donor kidneys offer a lower rejection rate than one from a deceased donor.

How do I approach the conversation about needing a kidney transplant with friends and family?

You may have been facing your illness for a long time and your friends and family already know about your condition. As you discuss this next step in your journey, you can let them know that one option is a living kidney transplant from a compatible person. It is important to let individuals who may be considering being tested for donation to fully consider all the obligations the donation carries and discuss it with their own family members. Baylor Scott & White Health staff members are available to discuss any questions you, your potential donor or family members may have.

To assist you with this process, we have developed a sample letter that you may give to your potential donors that gently explains your needs and how they may help.  The letter reinforces that this is truly their individualized decision and does not compromise your relationship regardless of their response.

We suggest that all patients think about living donor transplantation. To learn more about the process for recipients and donors, view our Pathway to Kidney Transplant Guide. Potential Donors may accompany you to your kidney transplant orientation. Potential donors​ may also call us and complete a health screening questionnaire by phone – 817.922.2990 (Fort Worth), 214.820.GIFT (214.820.4438)  (Dallas) and 254.724.8912 (Temple).​

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