Kidney Transplant Information

What is a kidney transplant?

A kidney transplant is the surgical placement of a healthy human kidney into the body of a person with kidney failure. The transplanted organ restores kidney function, improving the quality of life for the patient.

Many people think of a kidney transplant as the absolute cure for kidney failure, and though a transplant does improve the quality of life and life expectancy, it is considered a treatment rather than a cure.

POTENTIAL ADVANTAGES OF RECEIVING A TRANSPLANT:

  • Feel healthier
  • More energy
  • Live almost normal life
  • Frees patients from dialysis
  • Able to work full time without regard to treatment schedule

POTENTIAL DISADVANTAGES OF RECEIVING A TRANSPLANT:

  • Possible side effects of medication
  • Possible weight gain and body changes
  • Required to take costly medication daily
  • Current limitations on Medicare coverage of medications
  • Rejection risk
  • Not everyone will qualify to be a candidate

Each ESRD Network organization has been instructed by CMS to encourage area dialysis facilities to provide timely evaluation of patients for transplantation, as well as other modalities such as peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis.

If you are interested in getting a kidney transplant, you should make sure to tell your kidney doctor and dialysis facility staff. You should be referred for evaluation in a TIMELY manner.

If a relative wishes to give you a kidney, you should inform your facility staff right away.

Click here to view the 2021 Kidney Transplant Checklist in English.

Click here to view the 2021 Kidney Transplant Checklist in Spanish.

Click here to view the Texas Transplant Center list.

TRANSPLANT RESOURCES:

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT TRANSPLANT PROGRAMS WITHIN THE NETWORK 8 SERVICE AREA, CLICK THE FOLLOWING TRANSPLANT CENTER TIP SHEETS:

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT TRANSPLANTATION, VISIT THE FOLLOWING WEBSITES: