What Will Happen When I Get a Pancreas Transplant?
There are several steps to getting a transplant. Before we explain those steps, however, we want you to know about the three types of pancreas transplants:
Pancreas and kidney transplant at the same time: This transplant is for patients who have diabetes and kidney failure. This is the kind of transplant a patient has when there is no living kidney donor.
Pancreas transplant after a kidney transplant: This is for patients with diabetes who have already had a kidney transplant (from a live or deceased donor). If you get a kidney from a living donor, you will not have to spend as much time on dialysis. You may not even need dialysis. In this case, a pancreas transplant can be done later.
Pancreas transplant only: This transplant is for patients with diabetes who have major complications like dangerously low blood sugar or severe eye problems. This transplant is also for patients with diabetes who do not have kidney disease.
The doctors at your transplant center will help you decide which type of transplant is best for you.
There Are Four Steps Involved in Getting a Pancreas Transplant
Your transplant team will:
- Decide if you qualify for a new pancreas and are healthy enough for the operation.
- Prepare you for your operation.
- Perform the pancreas transplant.
- Help keep you and your pancreas healthy after the transplant.
Before you get a pancreas transplant, you need to know that getting a transplant depends on your physical and mental health. It depends on the people who give you social support. It also depends on your ability to get the transplant medicines you need.