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Transplant Program

Pancreas Transplant Program

At Temple, we understand how diabetes, cystic fibrosis, and other pancreatic disorders can negatively affect your quality of life — from uncertainty about the future to restrictions on what you can eat and do. A pancreas transplant can be the answer to a longer and healthier life, typically resulting in fewer reactions from low blood sugar or insulin. It can also reduce the need for you to check your blood glucose levels regularly and enable you to eat a regular diet. If you have type 1 diabetes, a pancreas transplant can help you eliminate complications and the need to inject insulin.

Temple’s highly skilled pancreas transplant team is here to help you on your journey to a better life. We take a multidisciplinary approach, putting your care in the hands of a team who will help you navigate all aspects of the transplant process, from pre-surgery through post-operative care.

Our Multidisciplinary Team

  • Our experienced surgeons and physicians have trained at highly active, nationally renowned pancreas transplant centers.

  • Your transplant team will also include nurses, social workers, financial counselors and other specialists who can help you and your family manage lifestyle changes, post-hospital care and financial issues.

  • The pancreas team works closely with Temple’s Kidney Transplant Program and other Temple specialists to effectively treat even the most complex cases, including patients who require another transplant.

A Full Range of Surgical Services

We offer four types of pancreas transplantation:

  • Simultaneous pancreas-kidney (SPK) transplant: the most common type of pancreas transplant, usually for patients with diabetes whose kidneys have failed or are failing

  • Pancreas after kidney (PAK) transplant: a procedure that prevents damage to the new kidney, usually for patients with diabetes

  • Pancreas-alone transplant: a rare procedure, usually for patients with uncontrollable diabetes, also known as “hypoglycemic unawareness” or “brittle diabetes”

  • Simultaneous lung-pancreas transplant

In addition, patients who choose Temple will find:

  • More inclusive patient-selection criteria — we may be able to help you even if you have been refused elsewhere.

  • The most advanced treatments informed by cutting-edge clinical research.

  • Comprehensive integration of care, before, during and after the procedure.

Schedule an appointment with the Temple Pancreas Transplant team or call 800-TEMPLE-MED (800-836-7536).