Pancreas transplant is an operation in which a functioning pancreas from a deceased donor is surgically placed in your body. You will be required to complete the same testing as a kidney transplant evaluation plus additional tests.
You will need to complete a thorough evaluation before you can be placed on the national waiting list.
About the Pancreas
The pancreas is an organ found in your abdomen behind your stomach. It has two main functions:
- Aids in digestion by releasing enzymes into your intestine
- Maintain blood sugar control by releasing the hormones insulin and glucagon
A simultaneous kidney/pancreas transplant is performed for people who have end-stage kidney disease and complications related to diabetes.
A pancreas alone transplant is performed for people who have hypoglycemic unawareness or other complications from diabetes.
Are you a candidate for pancreas transplant?
A candidate for pancreas transplant must meet the following criteria:
- Have diabetes requiring insulin with daily insulin needs less than or equal to 1 unit/kilogram
- BMI less than or equal to 30 with C-peptide less than or equal to 2 ng/ml
- BMI less than or equal to 28 with C-peptide greater than 2 ng/ml
Please contact the kidney and pancreas transplant program at 1-800-667-0502 to find out if pancreas transplantation is right for you.