Baylor Scott & White Health 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 living donor kidney transplant 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.
Download guide for patients with kidney disease and potential donors
Baylor Scott & White Health transplant programs
In North Texas, Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, in Dallas has one of the busiest multi-specialty organ transplant systems in the world—the Baylor Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute.
Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth is an internationally renowned destination for transplant care and one of the largest in the nation.
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 to transplant care in Temple makes you part of the team as we work together to help you live a longer, healthier life.
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.
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 kidney disease 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 donor kidney transplant from a compatible person. It is important to let individuals who may be considering being tested for an organ 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 answer any questions you or 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 kidney transplantation.
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.
Potential donors may accompany recipients during kidney transplant orientation. Potential donors may also call us and complete a health screening questionnaire by phone:
"A new kidney from my brother. A new life from Baylor Scott & White Health."
Real patients. Real stories.
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 Scott & White Health, their lives were back to normal, with one difference. "We're even closer than we were before.”