Typically, a kidney from a living donor lasts longer than one from a deceased donor. If you are lucky enough to have someone who wants to donate to you, trust that he or she will be treated with great care, concern, and protection. Our first commitment is to the living donor.
Living donors are thoroughly evaluated by a separate medical team to rule out any issues that would prevent them from donating. At Methodist Dallas, we do not accept living donors with hypertension or diabetes. These are the top two causes of kidney failure, and we believe that the donor needs to preserve their kidney function.
The evaluation looks at their general health with close attention to their kidney function. If the recipient has a disease that runs in the family, like hypertension, diabetes, or polycystic kidney disease, an unrelated donor may be the best option.
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