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Kidney Transplant Candidates in Newark, NJ, Have the Option to Multiple List

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Patients in need of a kidney transplant in Newark, New Jersey, face dauntingly long wait times. In fact, the amount of time a patient typically waits for surgery is historically longer than even the national average. On the other hand – Tampa General Hospital’s Kidney Transplant Program typically boast an average wait time that is often less than the national average, according to data reported by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR). This discrepancy in wait times is due primarily to the fact that there are many Newark, NJ, transplant centers served by one organ procurement organization (OPO) -   whereas TGH is just one of only two adult centers serviced by LifeLink Foundation, Inc. This partnership with one of the state’s leading OPOs oftentimes allows us to find organ matches for our kidney transplant candidates quicker than many other hospitals throughout the country. By listing with us in addition to their local centers – a practice known as dual or multiple listing – patients can potentially see a dramatic reduction in the time it takes to receive a kidney transplant.

Although dual listing is a common practice, and one allowed by Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, kidney transplant candidates should keep in mind that:

  • Not all transplant centers accept patients who are active on another list. TGH gladly accepts dual listed patients, however, patients must first be approved based on of the information provided in a physician-submitted referral form and during an in-person evaluation.
  • Once a kidney becomes available for a patient, he or she will have to immediately arrange to travel to the center’s location for surgery. After the kidney transplant, the patient will need to stay within an hour’s drive of the center for a period of weeks or months to be available for follow up care. A patient may need to have the means to pay for the travel and subsequent accommodations.
  • Individual wait times vary greatly regardless of how many centers a patient lists with. Blood type, body size, and other medical factors can impact wait times.

Patients in Newark, NJ, who would like to potentially reduce the amount of time they spend waiting for a kidney transplant can contact TGH to learn more about our program. Call toll free at 1-800-505-7769 (press 5 and ask for the referral coordinator), or call the coordinator directly at (813) 844-8686.