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When is it too risky for a pancreas transplant?

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5 doctors agree

In brief: Refer to your doctor

Every situation is different.
Your surgeon must assess your general medical condition before deciding on the level of risk.

In brief: Refer to your doctor

Every situation is different.
Your surgeon must assess your general medical condition before deciding on the level of risk.
Dr. Vadim Sherman
Dr. Vadim Sherman
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Dr. John Powelson
Surgery - Transplant
3 doctors agree

In brief: Heart disease

A pancreas transplant cures diabetes at the risk of major surgery and long term immunosuppression.
If diabetes is not poorly controlled, this is not worth the risk. If you need a kidney transplant anyway then 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.

In brief: Heart disease

A pancreas transplant cures diabetes at the risk of major surgery and long term immunosuppression.
If diabetes is not poorly controlled, this is not worth the risk. If you need a kidney transplant anyway then 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.
Dr. John Powelson
Dr. John Powelson
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Pancreas transplant

Pancreas transplantation requires a big operation, and a commitment to lifelong immunosuppresion and monitoring.
Current malignancy and infection are absolute contraindications. Advanced age, obesity, vascular, cardiac or pulmonary disease, and prior abdominal surgeries all impact on surgical risk and outcome. Candidacy can only be determined in consultation with an expert.

In brief: Pancreas transplant

Pancreas transplantation requires a big operation, and a commitment to lifelong immunosuppresion and monitoring.
Current malignancy and infection are absolute contraindications. Advanced age, obesity, vascular, cardiac or pulmonary disease, and prior abdominal surgeries all impact on surgical risk and outcome. Candidacy can only be determined in consultation with an expert.
Dr. Jonathan Fridell
Dr. Jonathan Fridell
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