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Kidney Transplant Guidelines

Physician talking with a patient Kidney transplant guidelines vary from transplant center to transplant center, depending on the type of patients that a particular program accepts. Thanks to our team’s experience and extensive resources, Tampa General Hospital’s Kidney Transplant Program accepts many high-risk kidney transplant patients who may have been turned away by other centers. We use our own set of criteria to evaluate potential transplant recipients, but it should be noted that every patient who is referred to us is evaluated on an individual basis. Chief among the kidney transplant guidelines at TGH is that a patient is experiencing severe kidney damage or failure. The majority of our kidney transplant patients have been diagnosed with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) or stage 5 chronic kidney disease (CKD), although we accept some patients who have stage 4 chronic kidney disease and aren’t on dialysis yet. However, there are several contraindications that can prevent a patient with a severe kidney disorder from being added to our transplant waiting list, such as:

  • Being older than 80
  • Having an HIV-positive status
  • Abusing alcohol, drugs, or other harmful substances
  • Being unable to cover the expenses associated with the transplant procedure, post-surgical care, and medications
  • Lacking an adequate social support group of family, friends, and other individuals to help with post-surgical care
  • Having a documented history of unjustified non-compliance with medical regimens
  • Having severe cardiac or vascular diseases that impede circulation, such as severe cardiomyopathy
  • Being medically obese (having a Body Mass Index higher than 40)
  • Having a diagnosed active or uncontrolled psychiatric disorder

Patients who undergo our kidney transplant evaluation, meet our transplant guidelines and criteria, and are approved by our Medical Review Board will be added to the transplant wait list. To learn more about Tampa General Hospital’s kidney transplant guidelines, contact us by calling 1-800-505-7769 (press 5 for the kidney transplant program and ask for the referral coordinator) or call the coordinator directly at (813) 844-8686.