Pancreas Transplant

Published On 07/11/2011

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Shortest Wait Time in the Region

Our pancreas transplant program at Methodist University Hospital has the shortest wait times of any transplant program in the region. Discuss with your doctor if you are a candidate for a pancreas transplant.

A Cure for Type 1 Diabetes

The goal in diabetes management is to provide insulin therapy in a way that mimics the natural pancreas. The closest therapy available at this time is a pancreas transplant. When successful, a pancreas transplant cures diabetes, as blood sugar levels become normal because the new pancreas produces insulin.

A pancreas transplant is a surgical procedure to place a healthy pancreas from a deceased donor into a person whose pancreas no longer functions properly. Almost all pancreas transplants are done to treat cases of type 1 diabetes.

Pancreas Transplant Surgical Options

  • Simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplant (SPK)—Because most people with type 1 diabetes who meet the criteria for pancreas transplantation also have some degree of kidney disease, simultaneous transplantation of both a pancreas and a kidney is often performed. Learn more about SPK at Methodist Transplant Institute.
  • Pancreas after kidney transplant (PAK)—In this procedure, a pancreas is transplanted into a person who has already received a kidney transplant. This procedure generally has a success rate near that of SPK procedures.
  • Pancreas transplant alone (PTA)—In this procedure, only the pancreas is transplanted. This type of procedure is done less often, and generally has a lower success rate than the other procedure types.

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