For more than two decades, persons in the Ark-La-Tex with kidney failure have found freedom from dialysis and a new quality of life through kidney transplantation at the Regional Transplant Center. Patient referrals come from Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi as well as Louisiana.
Patients are evaluated for a kidney transplant on an outpatient basis. The same team of physicians, surgeons, nurse coordinators, dietitians, social workers and support staff are involved from evaluation to surgery to follow-up outpatient visits. This comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach has resulted in excellent short and long-term survival rates.
Both deceased and living donor kidney transplants are performed at the John C. McDonald Regional Transplant Center. Potential kidney transplant candidates are evaluated in the same way regardless of a deceased or living donor transplant.
After transplantation is complete and the patient is able to be discharged home, kidney transplant recipients visit the John C. McDonald Regional Transplant Center twice a week initially, and gradually advance to visits once a month. Recipients with stable kidney function at six months can then resume care with their referring nephrologist. However, the transplant center reviews recipients’ lab values on a monthly basis in order to monitor immunosuppressive therapy and kidney transplant function.
The living kidney donor surgery we perform is a minimally-invasive laparoscopic donor nephrectomy as compared to an open-donor nephrectomy. Laparoscopic nephrectomy donors have significantly shorter hospitalizations, experience less pain, are able to return to work sooner and need significantly less assistance during the recovery period than an open nephrectomy living donor.
The increasing demand for kidney transplantation has resulted in a severe shortage of available kidneys. We encourage living kidney donor transplantation whenever possible. Advantages of living donor kidney transplants include shorter wait time for kidney transplant, less trauma to the kidney and the ability to schedule surgery when the donor and recipient are available.
For more information about living donation or if you are interested in being a living donor, please contact us at either (318) 212-4275 or the living donor coordinator at (318) 212-8384.