Texas Kidney Transplant Waiting List
Updated April 12, 2021
Kidney Transplants in Texas – 2020
Texas Living Donor Transplants – 2020
Living Donor Information
There are many benefits to receiving a kidney from a living donor versus one from a deceased donor:
The most obvious is that a kidney from a living donor lasts on average twice as long as one from a deceased donor.
Studies indicate that the less time the patient is on dialysis, the better the transplant outcome. Receiving a preemptive transplant and never going on dialysis leads to higher transplant success rates.
Medical advances and drugs have made it much easier for someone to be a compatible donor. In the past, living donors needed to be a close relative. Now, it’s more common that a living donor is not related to their recipient.
Transplant recipients generally live twice as long as those who stay on dialysis and transplant recipients are not restricted by the challenging routine of dialysis.
General Facts About Becoming A Living Donor:
You can change your mind at any time during the process. Your decision and reasons will be kept confidential.
Recovery times vary on an individual basis; however, most living donors are released from the hospital within 4-6 days and resume normal activities about four to six weeks after surgery.
Medical expenses for living donation are generally covered by the transplant recipient’s insurance plan. This includes expenses for your evaluation, surgery, and certain follow-up tests and medical appointments.
In most cases transplant centers require follow-up appointments at six, 12 and 24 months after donation.
Living donor qualifications
- Be at least 18 years old.
- Be in excellent overall health.
- Have above average kidney function.
- Have a willingness to help.
A living donor does not have to be a blood relative.
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