Outpatient Kidney Transplant Services

Kidney transplantation is the most ideal solution for a patient with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). A kidney transplant affords a recipient patient with the ability to cease dialysis, and live a completely independent lifestyle. A functioning kidney will often allow blood pressures to be normalized (or controlled on fewer medications), reduce or eliminate the need for anemia medications, and restore bone integrity. Energy levels are expected to normalize. Most patients may eliminate or reduce onerous dietary restrictions.

Kidney transplantation is the most ideal solution for a patient with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). A kidney transplant affords a recipient patient with the ability to cease dialysis, and live a completely independent lifestyle. A functioning kidney will often allow blood pressures to be normalized (or controlled on fewer medications), reduce or eliminate the need for anemia medications, and restore bone integrity. Energy levels are expected to normalize. Most patients may eliminate or reduce onerous dietary restrictions. Patients typically will need to remain on 2 to 3 medications indefinitely to maintain the health of the new kidney and prevent organ rejection. Furthermore, patients can generally expect to retain their old or ‘native’ kidneys.

Patient can be listed for a kidney transplant once their eGFR (estimated glomerular filtration rate) is persistently less than 20ml/min.

Your Renal Hypertension Center nephrologist will discuss your transplant options, and may refer you on to one of several local transplant centers for a kidney transplant evaluation (located in Tampa, Gainesville, Orlando, and Fort Myers). You may also be eligible to be referred to transplant centers outside of Florida to increase your chance of success.

If a referral is made, the transplant center will discuss both living donation as well as deceased donor kidneys. In living donation, a patient may have candidates whom they know such as family, friends, or parishioners who are willing to donate a kidney to them. The transplant center to which you are referred will be charged with screening the potential donors to be sure they are healthy and fit for organ donation. They must also be immunologically compatible, and share a compatible blood type.

If no living donor is available, and the patient is deemed an acceptable transplant candidate then they will be listed on the UNOS deceased donor registry. Priority is determined by length of time accrued on the wait list, but exceptions are made for perfect matches between an available organ and anyone on the waitlist who matches that kidney across the United States.

Fortunately, our local centers have relatively short waiting times of around 20 months, so be sure your referral is made as soon as possible!

After successful transplantation has occurs, the transplant center will generally follow the patient closely for up to 3-4 months, after which you will be released back to your Renal Hypertension Center nephrologist for further care and monitoring close to home. All of our physicians are Board Certified in Nephrology and have received extensive training on transplantation medicine.

With 11 convenient office locations throughout the Tampa Bay region, you can rest assured that Renal Hypertension Center has physicians ready to help you today.