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Pancreas transplant

A pancreas transplant is a surgical procedure that replaces the existing pancreas with one that is able to produce insulin. This procedure is typically performed as a potential cure for Type 1 diabetics.

Pancreas transplant services in Kansas City

If you have type 1 diabetes, you may need a pancreas transplant. We aim to get you a healthy pancreas so your quality of life can improve.

The skilled surgical team at The Transplant Institute at HCA Midwest Health's Research Medical Center is proud to provide outstanding transplant services to our community. Our goal is always to bring you the best possible care and preserve your long-term well-being, through advanced procedures, such as a simultaneous kidney/pancreas transplant.

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Why a pancreas transplant is performed

Both pancreas and kidney/pancreas transplants are most often performed in patients with diabetes - mostly type 1 and in some cases of type 2 diabetes with kidney failure. A new pancreas can in fact cure diabetes, by generating insulin.

Additionally, as with any organ transplant, a pancreas transplant is a serious, life-changing procedure. Though it will cure diabetes and restore your ability to eat a normal diet without insulin injections, it also presents a need for ongoing care and medication to keep you and the new organ healthy. In order to receive a transplant, a donor with a compatible blood type to yours must be available, you must be in overall good health and you must be prepared to maintain your health for a lifetime.

Understanding pancreas transplant surgery

Whether you are receiving only a pancreas or a simultaneous kidney/pancreas transplant, understanding how these surgeries are performed can help you feel more at ease and confident.

During the transplant procedure, the new pancreas, taken from a donor who has elected to become an organ donor after their death, will be placed within the abdomen. Typically, your own pancreas will not be removed, and instead the donor pancreas will be carefully attached to your intestines near your pancreas. If you are also receiving a kidney transplant, the donor kidney will also be placed in the abdomen and attached to the necessary vessels. As you recover, the donated organs will begin to function, and you will be carefully monitored by your surgical and care teams to make sure you are healing well. From there, you and your doctor will work together to create a specialized plan of care that will keep you and your new organs healthy for as long as possible.

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