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We’ve brought kidney transplant services home – where they belong – for the nearly 2,000 dialysis patients living in our community. Since 2009, The Kidney Transplant Center at Las Palmas Medical Center has successfully performed transplants, making it possible for patients to receive these services close to home.

Services

Transplant services at Las Palmas Medical Center is the only program specifically designed to meet the unique language and cultural requirements of our community. Care is provided through the expertise of our transplant professionals including a board-certified transplant surgeon with more than 500 successful local transplants, board certified transplant nephrologist and board certified laparoscopic donor surgeon.

Organ Donation

Donating organs makes a serious impact on the life of others. You can make a difference in the lives of as many as 50 people by choosing to donate your organs when you die.

Signing up is as simple as clicking on the link below!

You can learn more about organ donation at the web sites below.

Organdonor.gov – The official government website that provides basic information on donation. It also includes links for research and ideas for getting involved in organ donation education.

Donatelife.net – The official UNOS website discusses organ donation and tells stories of hope.

Organtransplants.org – This educational documentary provides education about organ donations and transplants in the United States.

Transplant Recipient Information

ESRD and Kidney Transplants

What is ESRD?

In Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), kidneys lose their ability to function or work correctly. When a person’s kidneys function at 15% or less, he or she is diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). Survival depends on dialysis or a kidney transplant.

What is a transplant?

A transplant is major surgery, which puts one person’s kidney (donor kidney) into another person’s body. The donor kidney must be compatible with blood and tissue in order for the donated kidney to function.

What are the types of transplant?

Deceased Donor kidney: A kidney is donated from a person who has died and then had organs removed for donation.

Living Donor kidney: A kidney is donated from a person who is still alive and has chosen to donate. People who can choose to donate include parents, sisters, brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles, wives, husbands, friends, or co-workers of the recipient.

What are the selection criteria for recipients?

Recipients must meet certain requirements in order to be considered for a transplant. These requirements are based on a person’s health and well-being. Call the transplant center to learn more about the requirements.

What is the process or recipients in the transplant evaluation?

An application is required, which must include information from the patient’s medical record. Once the Transplant Coordinator has determined that a patient meets the Selection Criteria, insurance information will be verified. After attending a class to learn about transplants, the patient must complete tests and meet with the Transplant Team to determine if a transplant is the best decision for the patient.

What tests does the transplant evaluation include?

Some of the tests required for an evaluation include blood work, urine samples, ultrasounds, x-rays, and stress tests.

Living Donor Information

Who can be a Living Donor?

As long as a person meets the transplant center requirements or Selection Criteria, anyone 18 years or older can become a living donor.

What are the requirements or the Selection Criteria for Living Donors?

Living donors must be over 18 years of age and in good health. Persons with diabetes are not considered to be good donors because of their own risk for having kidney problems. Individuals with high blood pressure, which is not controlled, are also not good candidates.

What are the benefits of receiving a Living Donor transplant?

While the person donating (living donor) does not receive any money or benefits for donating a kidney, a donor will often report feeling a sense of fulfillment and increased self-esteem after their donation. The person receiving the kidney (recipient) usually has a longer life span and better overall health.

What is the process for Living Donors?

Living donors must submit an application. Once the Living Donor Coordinator has decided that a person may be good candidate based on the information from the application, the living donor will attend a class to learn more about the process. If the person agrees to continue, tests and evaluations will be done to determine if he or she will be a good donor.

What tests does the Living Donor Evaluation include?

Some of the tests required for an evaluation include blood work, urine samples, ultrasounds, x-rays, and stress tests.

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Support Group

Who is invited?

Transplant patients, dialysis patients, or patients waiting for a transplant are invited. Family members are encourage to attend.

Where are the meetings held?

Meetings are held at the Las Palmas Medical Center Transplant Center located at 1700 N. Oregon, Suite 680, in El Paso.

Do I pay to attend the Support Group?

The meetings are FREE and you don’t have to register.

Upcoming Meetings

Please join others as you provide feedback on what it is like to be a patient. Hearing about your experience helps us improve the experience for others.

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