Pancreas transplantation is an option for those with type 1 diabetes.
A functioning pancreas transplant will control the blood sugar so that patients do not have to give themselves insulin which improves quality of life. Sometimes, the pancreas and kidney are transplanted together. People who have type 1 diabetes and meet criteria for kidney transplant can be considered for both a kidney and pancreas transplant. If someone has type 1 diabetes and the kidney function is good (60% or greater for longer than a year) then it is likely that only a pancreas is indicated. The evaluation for a pancreas is similar to that of kidney transplantation. Similar to that of kidney candidates, potential pancreas or pancreas-after-kidney transplant candidates will undergo thorough medical testing to help uncover medical problems or conditions that could interfere with a successful organ transplant. Treating any problems early on helps increase the chances that you and your new organ will thrive after transplant surgery.
ECMC has been a life-saving and life-changing center for transplant recipients like myself, dialysis patients, families and all within the renal community. We are most grateful for the excellent care and services that we continue to receive from ECMC.”