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Kidney Failure Can Lead to Kidney Transplant Surgery

Nurse talking to a patient who is in a wheelchair

Kidney failure occurs when the kidneys can no longer properly filter the blood – an essential bodily function. When they are operating normally, the kidneys filter waste products out of the blood, and the waste products are then disposed of through the urine. The kidneys also produce essential hormones and regulate the acid, potassium, and salt levels within the body. When kidney failure occurs, a number of symptoms can appear, including:

  • Increased fluid retention, which often presents as swelling in the legs and feet
  • Decreased urine production in most cases
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue or drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Nausea or vomiting

Kidney failure can occur as result of acute causes, as well as chronic kidney failure symptoms. For example, a sudden injury to the kidney or poisoning may cause the kidneys to fail over a period of just days or weeks - whereas chronic kidney disease (CKD) may take years to progress to end-stage renal disease (ESRD). In either case, the loss of kidney function is typically permanent. Because the kidneys perform such important tasks within the body, their function must be replaced using hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, or a kidney transplant.

At Tampa General Hospital, we perform kidney transplants for adult and pediatric patients who are experiencing kidney failure or who may soon need dialysis to continue living. Our experienced team has performed thousands of kidney transplants using grafts from living and deceased donors, making us one of the busiest transplant centers in Florida.

Our transplants are largely successful, with one-year patient and graft survival rates that typically meet, or are higher than, the national averages for adults and children, according to data released by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients. Additionally, our times to transplant are relatively short.

For information about transplant selection criteria for patients who have been diagnosed with kidney failure and Tampa General Hospital’s Kidney Transplant Program, please call us at 1-800-505-7769 (press 5 for the kidney transplant program, and ask for the referral coordinator), or you may call the referral coordinator directly at (813) 844-8686.