A kidney transplant is a procedure in which a patient with end-stage renal failure, also known as kidney failure or renal insufficiency, receives a new kidney from a suitable donor. Transplants are typically reserved for patients with end-stage renal failure, such as acute kidney injury or advanced chronic kidney disease – conditions that prevent the kidneys from adequately filtering waste products from the blood, and in which dialysis will not be an effective long-term solution. In most cases, kidney failure is caused by a separate underlying condition, such as high blood pressure or diabetes. Patients with certain autoimmune diseases and genetic diseases (such as polycystic kidney disease) may also benefit from a kidney transplant.
What to expect with kidney transplant surgery: It may be performed using a kidney from a living donor, or it may be performed using a kidney from a deceased donor. At Tampa General Hospital, we perform both living and deceased donor kidney transplants. We also participate in the National Kidney Registry, a program that pairs donors with recipients when a donor is found to be blood type incompatible with their original intended recipient. Our kidney transplant program is one of the busiest in the nation.
At Tampa General, we performed our first living donor kidney transplant in 1974, and in the 40 years since, we have performed more than 1,000 such transplants. Our kidney transplant program is one of only seven active programs in the state, and is one of the busiest transplant centers in Florida. In March 2014, we surpassed 5,000 total kidney transplants. Tampa General, ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of America's Best Hospitals for Nephrology, is considered one of the top kidney transplant programs in the nation for many reasons, including:
A time to transplant that is among the shortest in the nation, and one of the shortest in Florida. On average, half of the patients on our waiting list are transplanted within 24.6 months of listing, based on the latest SRTR data released in July 2015.
A one-year and three-year graft and patient survival rate that meets or is higher than the national average and exceeds kidney transplant statistical expectations, according to July 2015 SRTR data.
A high volume of kidney transplants performed each year (an average of 200 per year since 2006), making us one of the leading transplant programs in the state, as well as the entire country.
A dynamic and successful partnership with LifeLink Foundation, Inc., a nationally recognized organ procurement organization. Thanks to this partnership, patients in our kidney transplant program receive an organ almost twice as quickly compared to the nationally expected transplant rates.
We also have an experienced, multidisciplinary team, with nephrologists and surgeons who are intimately involved as consultants for Tampa General’s other solid organ transplant programs. This is especially beneficial for patients who require a multi-organ transplant, such as a combined kidney / pancreas transplant or a pancreas after kidney transplant. Referral forms for any of our kidney and / or pancreas transplant programs can be found here.
Contact Tampa General Hospital for more information about our kidney transplant program. Call 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.