Pancreas Transplant

Pancreas transplant is an operation in which a functioning pancreas from a deceased donor is surgically placed in your body. You will need to complete a thorough evaluation before you can be placed on the national waiting list.

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.

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

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

Learn more about transplant selection criteria and referrals.

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