When kidneys fail, there are a limited number of medical options available. Kidney transplantation has become a preferred treatment option over traditional kidney dialysis and peritoneal dialysis (PD), a treatment for those with severe chronic kidney disease. Most patients feel that a successful kidney transplant provides a better quality of life because it allows greater freedom and is often associated with increased energy levels and a longer life.
While dialysis maintains life, kidney transplantation provides more complete restoration of kidney function and is associated with a higher quality of life than chronic dialysis for transplant candidates. Cost factors may also drive demand for kidney transplantation, since it is the most cost-effective therapy for renal failure.
Medicare expenditures per person per year for traditional kidney dialysis are around $72,000 compared to $30,000 for a kidney transplant. Hospital admissions and hospital days per year after transplant are less than half those for dialysis patients. While initial costs for the first year of transplant are higher, these are recouped after approximately 18 months for a live donor transplant and by 30 months for a deceased donor transplant.
CHRISTUS Transplant Institute has performed more than 600 kidney transplants with overwhelming success. The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients reports a yearly survival rate of 91 percent for CHRISTUS Transplant Institute.
CHRISTUS Transplant Institute
2829 Babcock Road, Tower I, Suite 300
San Antonio, Texas 78229
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Living Donor Program
Our CHRISTUS Transplant Paired With Hope™ living donor program works with individuals that have decided on, or are considering having, a kidney transplant from a living donor.