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Kidney Transplant Prognosis for Patients at Tampa General Hospital

The prognosis for kidney transplant patients is overwhelmingly positive because people who receive a new kidney typically extend their life expectancy by several years, and they experience improved quality of life after their transplant. In fact, kidney transplant survival rates have increased nearly every year since 1988, according to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network. Tampa General Hospital’s Kidney Transplant Program, like every other U.S. kidney transplant program, has its transplant results monitored by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR). These results include the average wait time for people on the kidney transplant list, as well as the rates of graft (organ) success and the kidney transplant survival rates of patients within the program.

When examining SRTR data, it’s important to remember that numbers reflect many variables within each program. For example, Tampa General’s Kidney Transplant Program will often admit high-risk patients that other facilities might not have been able to serve. The SRTR adjusts its kidney transplant prognosis information to address these variances in the data. Historically, SRTR data  states that Tampa General’s Kidney Transplant Program has:

  • A one-year adult patient survival rate which exceeds the national average.
  • A one-year pediatric patient survival rate which is higher than the national average.
  • Some of the shortest average waiting times in the country for patients on a kidney transplant wait list.

For further information about the prognosis for kidney transplant patients in Tampa General Hospital’s Kidney Transplant Program, look at the data published by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients or the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network.