Kidney Transplant Program at Medical City Dallas
The Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program at Medical City Dallas Hospital has been certified as an approved transplant program by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) since 1998, followed by Medicare approval in 1999. Our team of specialists performed the first kidney transplant at Medical City Dallas in 1999. The first heart-kidney transplant at this hospital was performed in 2001. Our specialists continue to perfect the latest surgical techniques, refine protocols, and assist kidney disease patients as they prepare for life-saving transplant surgery.
Medical City Dallas performs several types of transplant surgeries, including kidney, pediatric kidney, heart, and pancreas. Thanks to our small coordinator-to-patient ratio, all patients receive the individual attention they need and deserve. We work closely with each individual's referring physician so that patients' usual physicians are able to play an integral role in the transplant process.
Orientation to Your Kidney Transplant Evaluation
To help you understand the transplant process and to ease your nervousness about your upcoming procedure, we present this Kidney Transplant Orientation video that features key members of your transplant team explaining what you can expect during your transplant evaluation.
Who is eligible for a kidney transplant at Medical City Dallas?
Patients with kidney diseases that lead to irreversible kidney failure may be referred for transplant evaluation. A patient does not need to be on dialysis to qualify for a kidney transplant. Our Transplant Center is pleased to provide educational materials early on to help patients become knowledgeable about kidney disease, learn about treatment options for their individual conditions, and gain an understanding of the surgical and recovery processes ahead of time.
Medical City Dallas Hospital Kidney Transplant Criteria
Stage 4 (GFR<20 ml/mn) or chronic kidney failure
- Absence of systemic illness or medical condition that significantly decreases estimated short or long-term survival. Examples of these types of conditions include severe cardiovascular disease or disseminated malignancy, or situations in which the disease has moved on from its origin and infected other organs or body parts.
- Ability to comply with a complicated long-term medical treatment regimen. Other important factors include a strong social/family support system and freedom from active drug or alcohol abuse
- An adequate financial plan to obtain the required immunosuppressive medications long-term after transplant surgery
- Morbid obesity (BMI>40) is a possible contraindication for transplant
If there is any uncertainty regarding a patient’s eligibility for transplant, please contact us for additional information.
How do I apply to become a Medical City Dallas kidney transplant patient?
Candidates considering a kidney transplant will first complete a Medical City transplant application. Most patients with kidney disease are referred to our program by a nephrologist or dialysis center but many other candidates choose to initiate the transplant process by downloading the transplant application or by calling (972) 566-7199 or (800) 348-4318. After this initial contact, the candidate’s insurance will be verified and then our transplant team will contact you to begin the clinical work-up process.
How do I apply to become a Medical City Dallas living kidney donor?
Volunteering to be a living kidney donor is incredibly generous. Candidates who are considering kidney donation should complete a New Donor Screening Form and a Living Kidney Donor Application Form (en español) to be submitted to our transplant coordinator.
Kidney Donation Procedures Performed at Medical City Dallas
Medical City First Hospital in North Texas to Perform ABO Incompatible Transplant
Medical City Dallas performs ABO Incompatible Transplant surgery for husband and wife, which allows a living donor with a different blood type to give an organ to someone in need.
The kidney transplant waiting list continues to grow larger than the number of available kidneys from deceased donors. This shortage, along with many surgical advances, has increased the level of interest in living donations. Volunteering to become a living donor is a generous act and is a major decision, and no one should feel pressured into becoming a living donor.
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.
Medical City Dallas Transplant participates in The Alliance for Paired Donation program and the national UNOS Kidney Paired Donation program. These programs allow a patient with a non-compatible donor to increase their chances of finding a compatible donor. The exchange program also allows donors to remain at Medical City during the donation process.
In a paired exchange, an incompatible donor and recipient pair— such as a husband and wife or mother and daughter who don’t have compatible blood types— are matched with another pair for a “swap.” Each recipient will receive a kidney from the other person’s intended donor.