Kidney transplant surgeons in El Paso, Texas
Since 2009, The Kidney Transplant Center at Las Palmas Medical Center has brought exceptional kidney transplant services to El Paso, making it possible for you to receive essential medical services close to home. Designed to meet the diverse needs of our community, our program is led by board-certified transplant surgeons and nephrologists who are ready to answer all of your questions.
For more information about our kidney transplant program, please call (915) 264-7800.
Kidney transplant process
Las Palmas Medical Center's transplant services are specifically designed to meet the unique language and cultural needs of our community. El Paso is home to thousands of dialysis patients, and if you are one of them, a transplant might be right for you.
Our kidney transplant services
With chronic kidney disease (CKD), the kidneys lose their ability to function correctly. When kidneys function at 15 percent or less, that can lead to end-stage renal disease (ESRD). In these cases, survival depends on dialysis or a renal transplant.
However, you must meet certain kidney transplant requirements in order to be considered for a transplant. These requirements are based on your overall health and well-being. Your doctor will work with you to determine what's right for you.
Types of kidney transplants
A kidney transplant — also called a renal transplant — is a major surgery that implants a donor's kidney into another person’s body. The donor kidney must be compatible with your blood type and tissue in order for the donated kidney to function.
There are two types of kidney transplants:
- Deceased donor kidney — In which a kidney is donated from someone who has died and then had organs removed for donation
- Living donor kidney — In which a kidney is donated by someone who is still alive and has chosen to donate
With a living donation, people who can choose to donate include your parents, sisters, brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles, wives, husbands, friends or co-workers.
Applying for a transplant
To apply for a kidney transplant, you must complete an application that includes your medical history. Once our transplant coordinator has determined that you meet the selection criteria, your insurance information will be verified.
After attending a class to learn about transplants, you must complete tests and meet with our transplant team to determine if a transplant is the best decision for you. Some tests required for an evaluation include blood work, urine samples, ultrasounds, X-rays and stress tests.
Living kidney donation
Do you have a loved one whose life has been touched by the generous donation of a kidney? Even if you aren't a match for your family member or friend, you can still give the gift of life by becoming a living kidney donor. Watch the videos below to learn more about living donation and how you can be someone's hero.
We now provide a quick online health questionnaire that lets our team know more about you and your interest to become a living donor. Click the link below to get started.