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Baylor Scott & White is here to guide you through the kidney transplant journey

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.

We are providing you with a guide to kidney transplant. This guide includes checklists for patients with kidney disease and potential donors to help guide you through the steps to receive a kidney transplant as soon as possible. We encourage you to review the guide  and utilize the recipient checklist.

In addition, we have provided three tear-out donor checklists that you can provide to potential donors.

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Baylor Scott & White transplant programs

Dallas
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In North Texas, Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas and Baylor Scott & White All Saints – Fort Worth make up one the busiest multi-specialty organ transplant systems in the world — the Baylor Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute.

Fort Worth
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In North Texas, Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas and Baylor Scott & White All Saints – Fort Worth make up one the busiest multi-specialty organ transplant systems in the world — the Baylor Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute.

Temple
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Based at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Temple in Central Texas, our organ transplant teams focus on providing personalized care in a supportive, collaborative environment. Our patient-focused approach makes you part of the team as we work together to help you live a longer, healthier life.

We offer the following services in our Central Texas transplant program:

  • Blood stem cell transplant
  • Corneal transplant
  • Heart transplant
  • Kidney and pancreas transplant
Outreach Locations
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Find an outreach location

For people who do not live near Dallas–Fort Worth or the Temple region, we bring our experience to them.

Teams of physicians, nurses and assistants travel to outreach clinics throughout Texas to deliver world-renowned transplantation medicine to an expanding network of communities. Both initial organ transplant evaluation and post-transplant follow-up appointments are available.

Why consider a living donor kidney 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.

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How to become a living kidney donor

Donating a kidney to a friend, family member or other person is a big decision. We strive to provide an excellent donor experience and personalized care to all donors. The dedicated living donor team at Baylor Scott & White Health is available to answer all your questions and guide you through the process.

To learn more about the process for recipients and donors, download our Pathway to Kidney Transplant Guide.

Potential donors may accompany recipients during kidney transplant orientation. Potential donors​ may also call us and complete a health screening questionnaire by phone:

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Patient forms and resources for kidney transplant

Patient forms

Dallas and Fort Worth

Temple

Online resources

Real Patients. Real Stories.

Mike Gilbert: A new kidney from my brother. A new life from Baylor.

Mike and Marc Gilbert discovered a special advantage to being identical twins when Mike's kidney disease forced him into dialysis. "I didn't want to live like that," says Mike. Fortunately, he had another option: transplant surgery. Since Marc was both eager to help and a perfect match, Mike didn't have wait to find a suitable donor. Not long after a successful transplant procedure at Baylor, their lives were back to normal, with one difference. "We're even closer than we were before.”

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