A national leader in transplant surgery for nearly 50 years, Tampa General Hospital performed its first living donor kidney transplant in 1974. Since then, we have performed more than 11,000 transplant surgeries, including more than 5,000 kidney transplants. Ranked #3 in the nation by volume, the Kidney Transplant Center brings together a world-class team of specialists to offer individualized, ongoing care for patients with kidney disease.
A kidney transplant is a procedure in which a patient with end-stage renal failure, also known as kidney failure or renal insufficiency, receives a new kidney from a suitable donor. Transplants are typically reserved for patients with end-stage renal failure, such as acute kidney injury or advanced chronic kidney disease – conditions that prevent the kidneys from adequately filtering waste products from the blood, and in which dialysis will not be an effective long-term solution. In most cases, kidney failure is caused by a separate underlying condition, such as high blood pressure or diabetes. Patients with certain autoimmune diseases and genetic diseases (such as polycystic kidney disease) may also benefit from a kidney transplant.