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Auto Islet Transplant Program
- Why would I need an auto islet transplant?
- Am I eligible for an auto islet transplant?
- Am I a candidate for laparoscopic islet transplant surgery?
- How long will I wait for an auto islet?
- What is the surgery like?
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.
Many patients who are candidates for auto islet transplant surgery are also candidates for the laparoscopic, or minimally invasive, approach. Factors which may affect a person's candidacy for the laparoscopic approach include extensive prior surgeries, presence of scar tissue, and body weight.
Pancreas surgeon Marty Makary, M.D. performed the first completely laparoscopic pancreas removal with auto islet transplant in the United States. Since then, Johns Hopkins has the largest amount of experience with this type of operation in the nation.
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.
Islet Transplant Tream
Erica Hall, CRNP, CDE
GI Motility Specialist
Christi Walsh, CRNP
Medical GI Team Nurse
Megan Walker, RN
For more information on auto-islet transplants, contact us.
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