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Pancreas Transplant

The Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center will work with you to determine whether or not a pancreas transplant is necessary. If you are looking for information on auto islet transplants and pancreatitis, please visit our auto islet section.

Why would I need a pancreas transplant?

A pancreas transplant may be considered if you have Type I diabetes that is difficult to control. For example, you may have blood sugars that swing from high to low, often without warning. 

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About Pancreas and Kidney Transplant Surgery | Q&A

Transplant surgeon Niraj Desai, MD, explains the pancreas transplant operation, the combined pancreas and kidney transplant and quality of life for patients after the surgery.

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Am I eligible for a pancreas transplant?

You must go through several medical tests before eligibility is determined. You will meet with a team of physicians and surgeons. The evaluation time takes approximately one to two months.

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Who Needs a Pancreas or a Pancreas and Kidney Transplant? | Q&A

Transplant surgeon Niraj Desai, MD discusses reasons why someone would need a pancreas transplant or a combined pancreas and kidney transplant, most often due to diabetes.

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Are pancreas transplants always performed with kidney transplants?

There are three different types of pancreas transplants

Pancreas Transplant Alone (PTA)

A pancreas-only transplant is performed on patients with Type I diabetes and no kidney problems.

Simultaneous Kidney and Pancreas Transplant (SPK)

This transplant is performed on patients with Type I diabetes and End Stage Renal Disease.

Pancreas After Kidney Transplant (PAK)

Sometimes, a patient who has Type I diabetes and End Stage Renal Disease will have a living kidney donor. In this case, the kidney transplant is performed first, using the living donor's kidney. Then, the patient waits for a deceased donor pancreas to become available.

How long will I have to wait for a transplant?

The waiting time for a pancreas transplant depends on the type of transplant you are expecting. A simultaneous kidney and pancreas transplant (SPK) has an average waiting time of one to two years. A pancreas transplant alone (PTA) or a pancreas after kidney transplant (PAK) typically has a wait time of more than two years.

What is the surgery like?

Prior to surgery, you will be asked to review and sign an informed consent form. Pancreas transplant surgery typically takes four to six hours. After surgery, you’ll be placed in the intensive care unit; eventually you’ll be moved to the transplant unit. The average post transplant hospital stay is about two weeks.

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