UT Southwestern provides the highest-quality care and helps restore patients to full and productive lives. Our transplantation teams are there for patients, from initial evaluation through the life of the organ
Living-Donor Kidney Transplant
Using kidneys from living donors, UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Living-Donor Kidney Transplant Program offers transplant patients better long-term outcomes and survival rates while ensuring that donors’ health and interests are protected.
As an academic medical center, UT Southwestern has highly trained specialists who work together to treat patients with even the most complicated cases and provide optimal outcomes.
Advantages Over Traditional Kidney Transplantation
Patients with advanced kidney disease who are candidates for kidney transplantation – and who wish to pursue this option – can receive compatible kidneys from either living or deceased donors.
On the whole, patients transplanted with kidneys from living donors achieve long-term outcomes and survival rates that are significantly better than those who receive kidneys from deceased donors.
Living donation provides many advantages over traditional deceased-donor transplantation:
- Through living donation, patients avoid the waiting list, which is at least four to seven years for a deceased-donor organ.
- With genetic matches achieved through living donation, there is a decrease in the risk of organ rejection.
- The transplant can be scheduled at a time convenient for both the living donor and the transplant candidate. In fact, if the transplant procedure is planned correctly, dialysis might be avoided completely.
- Studies indicate that dialysis shortens a patient’s lifespan. Living donations allow transplants to occur much sooner (months, as opposed to years), meaning less dialysis and longer, healthier lives.
- Success rates improve with living-donor kidneys. Living-donor kidneys are transplanted immediately after removal, allowing the kidney to begin to function in the recipient much faster.
- A living-donor kidney lasts longer than a deceased-donor kidney.
For these reasons, our kidney transplant experts encourage kidney transplantation candidates to actively pursue living donation when possible.
Mother of three donates kidney to 10-year-old in need
Lisa James, a dialysis social worker from Arlington, Texas decided almost a decade ago that she wanted to become a living donor. In 2018, that dream came true when a young girl from New Mexico was her perfect match.
Simple, Convenient Application
We’re making the process of donation faster and easier for potential donors. We now offer a simple online application that can provide instant feedback on whether a person is a good candidate for donation. Anyone can apply, and our medical team will carefully evaluate each application.
Learn more about kidney donor surgery and recovery.
Refer a Patient
Transplant Intake Coordinator: Helen Bankston, RN, B.S.N.
Interested in Becoming a Donor?
Complete our Living Donor Transplant questionnaire.
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Tyler, Texas 75701 903-531-8126