How risky is a pancreatic transplant?

Risk vs benefit. To fully understand about the risk of an organ transplant, start with the risk of not getting the transplant and continuing with your medical therapy. Then the risk of getting the transplant will be easier to understand. It should be less than the non operative therapy. Surgical risk is never zero, but it should offer a significant benefit to the alternative. Life long immunosuppresion is required.

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Is there life after a pancreatic transplant?

Yes. Insulin free but need for immunosuppressive is there. Avoids severe hypoglycemia episodes and prevents end-organ damage from diabetes. . Read more...
Pancreas transplant . Yes, there is. In fact, following successful pancreas transplantation, it is a life of euglycemia independent of Insulin administration. No further need to plan exercise and diet around sugar levels and Insulin dosing. Many diabetic complications stabilize or reverse. No more midnight sugar checks looking for hypoglycemia. Downside: a big operation and the need for lifelong immunosuppression. Read more...

What is life like after a pancreatic transplant?

Complex but beBeth. Complex as there is need for immunosuppressive, but bett since it removes the need for Insulin and prevents progression of the "opathies" such as gastropathy, nephropathy, retinopathy, etc, . Read more...
Pancreas transplant . Following successful pancreas transplantation, it is a life of euglycemia independent of Insulin administration. No further need to plan exercise and diet around sugar levels and Insulin dosing. Many diabetic complications stabilize or reverse. No more midnight sugar checks looking for hypoglycemia. Downside: a big operation and the need for lifelong immunosuppression. Read more...

How can I get signed up for a pancreatic transplant?

Transplant list. Your doc refers you to a transplant center for evaluation to be listed. This is an intensive process and can take a long time depending on all your health issues. Get started and check out websites of all transplant centers in your area. Read more...

What is the definition or description of: pancreas transplantation?

See below. Pancreas can be removed and cells separated to isolate the islet cell (help regulate sugar) and cells are then implanted into liver. Other possibility would be to take pancreas from a donor and transplant the entire organ into a patient ( this will then require immune suppression to avoid rejection). Read more...
A new pancreas. Organ transplantation is removing a healthy organ from a donor, and sewing it into the patient whose organ is not functioning. Pancreas transplantation is performed in type 1 diabetics because their pancreas cannot make insulin. Placing a new pancreas will cure the diabetes, but requires taking drugs to prevent rejection (immunosuppressive medications). Read more...
Pancreas transplant. Type 1 diabetics do not make insulin, but if they get a transplant, the new pancreas would make Insulin and the sugars would be normal. It is like having a biologic Insulin pump that works perfectly. It is not a cure, but it is currently the most effective treatment available. The downside: it involves a big operation, lifelong immunosuppresion and is only offered to select individuals. Read more...