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Information about the Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program at TGH

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In many cases, kidney and pancreas transplant procedures are performed in conjunction, often on the same day. The health of these organs are so closely related that when the pancreas isn’t properly producing insulin (as with type 1 diabetes patients) it can lead to damage to the kidneys. If the kidneys fail, end-stage renal failure patients who have diabetes may be approved to have both organs transplanted through simultaneous pancreas and kidney (SPK) transplants or pancreas after kidney (PAK) transplants.

Since its inception in 2001, Tampa General Hospital’s Pancreas Transplant Program has performed hundreds of kidney and pancreas transplant operations, as well as pancreas transplants alone (PTA). Not only does our high volume of patients grant us the opportunity to help many individuals improve their quality of life, but it also gives our pancreas transplant team a high level of experience. Additionally, our combined kidney and pancreas transplant candidates historically have some of the shortest waiting times to transplant in Florida and the nation, according to data from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR).

Our pancreas transplant program performs kidney and pancreas transplants for patients who have been referred to us by their physicians. We use the information provided on each patient’s physician-completed pancreas transplant referral form – as well as other factors – to determine if a transplant is the right course of action at the time. Most patients that we accept for pancreas and kidney transplants are taking insulin, experiencing kidney failure, and are 55 years old or younger, among other criteria – although we evaluate each potential candidate individually.

To learn more about the combined kidney and pancreas transplants performed by Tampa General Hospital’s Pancreas Transplant Program, contact us by calling 1-800-505-7769 (press 5 for the pancreas transplant program and ask for the referral coordinator), or call the coordinator directly at (813) 844-8686.