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Criteria for Pancreas Transplant at Tampa General Hospital

Tampa General Hospital uses specific criteria for pancreas transplant selection in order to choose patients who stand to benefit the most from such an operation. A transplant is almost never the first medical treatment recommended for patients, but rather a last resort that is utilized only when more conservative treatments have been unsuccessful. As such, most people who receive pancreas transplants at TGH have type 1 diabetes as well as severe kidney damage (generally stage 5 chronic kidney disease or end-stage renal disease). Beyond these pancreas transplant conditions, patients who are selected to be added to our pancreas transplant waiting list are usually in good overall health with no major cardiovascular issues or other problems that may complicate the surgery or ensuing recovery. Furthermore, they are between the ages of 18 and 80 (we do not perform pediatric pancreas transplants) and are not medically obese. In keeping with our criteria for a pancreas transplant, we advise potential candidates to abstain from using alcohol and tobacco products and from abusing other drugs. Failure to do so could result in exclusion from the transplant waiting list. Other contraindications – or conditions that will prevent a patient from being included on the waiting list – include:

  • A documented history of non-compliance with medical treatments or regimens
  • An active malignancy (cancer)
  • HIV-positive status
  • Lack of financial resources or social support to help with the surgery and post-operative care
  • Uncontrolled psychiatric disorders

There are other contraindications, as well as relative contraindications that may or may not prevent candidates from being added to the list. In each case, we consider the pancreas transplant referral form individually, accounting for the patient’s individual circumstances.

For more information about Tampa General Hospital’s Pancreas Transplant Program and our criteria for pancreas transplant, call 1-800-505-7769 (press 5 for the pancreas transplant program and ask for the referral coordinator), or call the coordinator directly at (813) 844-8686.