I'm wondering why can't diabetics have a pancreas transplant?

They can. But then they have to be on transplant medications that are sometimes more dangerous than diabetes. There are also many complications that can occur so its usually reserved for diabetic patients that are young who can't control their diabetes on the diabetic medications.

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If I am an insulin dependent diabetic, how can I sign up for a pancreas transplant?

Talk to your doctor. The starting point is to talk to your doctor for referal to a transplnat center for evaluation for suitability for transplantion. Pancreatic transplants are not that common. Read more...
Call a tpln center. . Call a transplant (tpln) center. Pancreas tpln often occurs in concert with kidney tpln once diabetes causes end stage kidney disease. This occurs as a simultaneous combined kid/panc or a panc after live donor kidney tpln. Panc tpln alone is usually reserved for brittle diabetics with a history of hypoglycemic unawareness. At our center these patients need to have failed Insulin pump therapy. Read more...
Call local center. There are two common indications for a pancreas transplant: 1. A commitment to lifelong immunosuppresion for another organ transplant in a type 1 diabetic (usually a kidney for diabetic nephrology, but liver and lung have been done as well) or 2. Very poorly controlled type 1 diabetes despite optimized medical care. This usually requires documented episodes of hypoglycemia unawareness. Read more...

Can a diabetic request a pancreas transplant?

Yes. Talk with your endocrinologist about an evaluation by a transplant surgeon. Evaluation doesn't guarantee that you will get on the list but it is the place to start. Read more...
Pancreas transplant. There are two common indications for a pancreas transplant: 1. A commitment to lifelong immunosuppresion for another organ transplant in a type 1 diabetic (usually a kidney for diabetic nephrology, but liver and lung have been done as well) or 2. Very poorly controlled type 1 diabetes despite optimized medical care. This usually requires documented episodes of hypoglycemia unawareness. Read more...

I am a type 1 diabetic. Can I sign up for a pancreas transplant?

Yes if advanced DM. A pancreas transplant cures diabetes (dm) at the risk of major surgery and long term immunosuppression (is). If dm is advanced (hypoglycemic unawareness) this is worth the risk. If you need a kidney transplant anyway, a pancreas transplant does not add much risk. The main risks of these operations is related to the presence of heart disease or hardening of the arteries, and need for long term is. Read more...
Manage your diabetes. As a type i diabetic, you are stuck in a difficult situation. Currently there is no cure. Your best long term health success is to manage your diabetes. You will not qualify for a transplant list unless you have failed conventional management therapies. Get a doc who believes in you, and start learning to management: pump, recombinant insulin, sensor, transmitor, amylin will help you. Read more...
Pancreas transplant. There are two common indications for a pancreas transplant: 1. A commitment to lifelong immunosuppresion for another organ transplant in a type 1 diabetic (usually a kidney for diabetic nephrology, but liver and lung have been done as well) or 2. Very poorly controlled type 1 diabetes despite optimized medical care. This usually requires documented episodes of hypoglycemia unawareness. Read more...

Can it be possible for a diabetic to request a pancreas transplant?

Yes. In diabetics a pancreas transplant is often performed together with a kidney transplant. There is also research into using pancreatic islet cell transplantation which is less invasive usually than a whole organ transplantation in diabetics to restore beta cell function (the Insulin producing cells of the pancreas.). Read more...

Can someone who is diabetic get a pancreas transplant and be cured?

Not completely. Pancreas transplant will replace the needed Insulin for the patient, but does not really cure the diabetes. One reason is the disease has been present for years-even decades-and has taken a toll on the blood vessels and other organs and tissues of the body. Read more...