Pediatric Kidney Transplant Procedures Performed at Tampa General Hospital

Children lying in a circleTampa General Hospital performs kidney transplant procedures for pediatric patients who have been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. The Children’s Medical Center’s Kidney Transplant Program was established at Tampa General in 1983, and during that time our dedicated staff has provided comprehensive care for children in need of kidney transplantation. The CMC’s healthcare team is comprised of the highest-caliber medical professionals, including pediatric specialists for kidney transplants.

Tampa General Hospital’s Kidney Transplant Program is one of just five active programs in Florida to perform pediatric kidney transplants, and the busiest program in west central Florida. Both deceased and living donor kidney transplants are performed for pediatric patients at Tampa General. Some other notable facts about the kidney transplant program include:

  • Since 2008, an average of 10 pediatric kidney transplant procedures has been performed each year at Tampa General.

  • Pediatric graft survival rates for procedures performed at Tampa General for one month (95.65 percent) and one year (95.65 percent) after surgery are comparable to the national averages (97.47 percent and 96.17 percent, respectively), according to data released in July 2015 by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients.

  • According to the latest SRTR data, survival rates of pediatric kidney transplant recipients in our program one month after and one year after surgery is 100 percent, and the three-year survival rate of 95.83 percent is comparable to the national average (98.80 percent).

kidney and pancreas referral form buttonWhile kidney transplants may not be appropriate for all children who are diagnosed with chronic kidney disease or end-stage renal disease, any child diagnosed with kidney failure may be considered for further evaluation at Tampa General Hospital. Typically, patients chosen for transplant are on dialysis, though in some instances patients who have irreversible kidney failure but don’t yet require dialysis may be considered for a preemptive transplant. Children ultimately are evaluated for our pediatric kidney transplant program based on the information provided by their primary care physician in a kidney transplant referral form as well as other factors.