The National Kidney Foundation, asserts that 100,000 people are currently waiting for a kidney transplant. Broward Health is pleased to announce that the South Florida Transplant Center at Broward Health Medical Center has been approved for kidney transplant by the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) and that the Center is now offering the full array of kidney transplant services, including living donation, deceased donor transplant, and combined liver kidney transplants.
Patients who are diagnosed with End-Stage Renal Disease and are on dialysis or are likely to need dialysis in the very near future can now be evaluated and treated by an experienced and personalized care team here at the South Florida Transplant Center.
Reasons for needing a kidney transplant:
• Interstitial nephritis
• Cystic kidney disease
• Autoimmune disorders
• Prolonged obstruction of the urinary tract, from conditions such as enlarged prostate, kidney stones and some cancers
• Vesicoureteral reflux, a condition that causes urine to back up into your kidneys
• Recurrent kidney infection, also called pyelonephritis
Certain factors increase the risk that chronic kidney disease will progress to End Stage Renal Disease and dialysis dependence
• Diabetes with poor blood sugar control
• Kidney disease that affects the glomeruli, the structures in the kidneys that filter wastes from the blood
• Polycystic kidney disease
• Kidney disease after a kidney transplant
• High blood pressure
• Tobacco use
• African-American descent
• Male sex
• Older age
Types of Transplants
Patients with Kidney disease referred to the South Florida Transplant Center will undergo extensive evaluation for transplant candidacy. After the pre-transplant evaluation is completed and they are deemed a suitable candidate the patient will be activated on the waiting list. Patients could receive a Kidney from a deceased donor or a living donor.
A deceased donor kidney comes from a donor who is no longer living, and the kidney was deemed appropriate for transplant. While waiting for a deceased donor the patient can choose to receive a Living Donor kidney.
A Living Donor kidney comes from a healthy, living donor who has agreed to donate their kidneys after an extensive evaluation. Patient are able to receive a kidney from a parent, family relative, friend, or other living donor. Although, both types of transplant have excellent success rates, the living donor donation process can reduce wait times for a healthy kidney and give patients a chance of better long term transplant outcomes.
Why Choose Us
The kidney transplant program is led by transplant nephrologist Muhammad Mustafa, MD, and abdominal transplant and hepatopancreatobiliary surgeon Joshua J. Shaw, MD, who have successfully performed hundreds of kidney transplants.
The combined liver and kidney transplant program at South Florida Transplant Center include a multidisciplinary team of transplant surgeons, transplant nephrologists, transplant hepatologists, intensivists, anesthesia, transplant nurse coordinators, social workers, nutritionists, pharmacist and transplant financial coordinators.
Patients and their families will get to know our team very well as they become part of our transplant family. We focus on evidence based medicine that is individualized to fit each patient to ensure the best outcomes. Our patients and providers partake in multiple support groups and activities, helping each and every single patient navigate the transplant process.