Methodist Hospital Specialty and Transplant is committed to excellence in kidney transplant care. The Methodist Transplant Institute Kidney Transplant Program is recognized as one of the top programs in the U.S., leading the state in number of adult kidney transplants with over 359 transplants performed. Since 2009, we’ve led the nation in the most living donor transplants performed since , ending 2020 with 208 living donor transplants.

Focused on providing life-saving kidney transplants in 2020; 1984 - transplant program started; 208 - most living donor transplants in the nation; 220 - most transplants for Hispanic patients in Texas; 151 - total number of deceased donor transplants (2nd in Texas); 359 - most adult kidney transplants in Texas.

About the Methodist Transplant Institute Kidney Transplant Program

A kidney transplant can give you freedom, restore your health and double your life expectancy. Our multidisciplinary team in San Antonio provides comprehensive care before, during and after your transplant to ensure that you have the most successful result possible.

Kidney Transplant Journey

Referral and evaluation

In order to begin the process for a kidney transplant, you will need to request a consult to get a referral to our program.

To learn more about the Methodist Transplant Institute Kidney Transplant Program, please call (210) 575-8425 or request a consult.

Once we receive a referral for your kidney transplant, we will schedule an initial appointment for you to meet with our team. This typically lasts five to seven hours. We will perform a health evaluation, determine any tests you need to complete before your kidney transplant surgery and discuss the available donor options.

During this appointment, you will meet with our:

  • Social worker
  • Surgeon
  • Dietitian
  • Nephrologist
  • Financial counselor

To make an appointment for your transplant evaluation, please call (844) 746-3338.

Finding a match

There are several factors to consider when evaluating a kidney donor including age, kidney size and infection exposure as well as blood typing and tissue typing. Donors can be living or deceased and may or may not be related. Our transplant team will undergo numerous tests to ensure your donor is a good match for the best possible outcome.

Surgery and recovery

The surgery is performed with anesthesia so you will not be awake. During the procedure, the surgeon will place the new kidney into your body, attaching its blood vessels to the existing blood vessels in your lower abdomen above your leg. Finally, the new kidney’s ureter, linking the bladder to the kidney, is connected.

You may spend anywhere from a few days to a week in the hospital recovering. Upon discharge from the hospital, your care team will want to closely monitor you every few weeks to see how your body is responding to your new kidney. You will need to take medication for the rest of your life to reduce the risk of rejection and other complications like infection.

Kidney transplant donor resources

The choice to donate your kidney a life-changing decision for both the donor and the recipient. At Methodist Hospital Specialty and Transplant, we offer a program specifically geared toward prospective donors. Becoming a living kidney donor begins with answering a few simple questions from our living donor questionnaire to see if you qualify. Our questionnaire is confidential and secure and should take about 15 to 20 minutes to complete.

Visiting the Methodist Transplant Institute Kidney Transplant Program

The Methodist Transplant Institute Kidney Transplant Program is on the campus of Methodist Hospital Specialty and Transplant, located on Ewing Halsell Road off of Wurzbach. Parking available in front of the hospital and in a nearby parking garage.

The Methodist Transplant Institute Kidney Transplant Program is located behind Methodist Hospital Specialty and Transplant off of Wurzbach Rd.