- Why would I need an auto islet transplant?
- Am I eligible for a auto islet transplant?
- How long will I wait for an auto islet?
- What is the surgery like?
The Johns Hopkins Auto Islet Transplant Team
An auto islet transplant may be right for you if you need treatment for pain and illness associated with the following:
Approximately 80 percent of patients experience significant reduction, if not resolution, of pain after the pancreas is removed.
Before you can be determined to be eligible for an auto islet transplant, you must first undergo medical testing. You will see a team of physicians: a surgeon, gastroenterologist, endocrinologist, nutritionist, and possibly a chronic pain psychiatrist.
Unlike many other transplants, an auto islet transplant has no wait time. This is because you will not have to wait for donor organs or tissue to become available. The procedure uses your own tissue.
Prior to surgery, you will be asked to review and sign an informed consent form. Auto islet transplant surgery typically takes eight to ten hours. After surgery, you’ll be placed in the intensive care unit for two to four days, and then transferred to another unit for further recovery. The average post transplant hospital stay is 10 – 14 days.
For more information on auto-islet transplants, contact us.