Pancreas Transplant for Type 1 Diabetes
For most people, type 1 diabetes can be managed through medication and diet. In severe cases when diabetes symptoms can’t be controlled, a pancreas transplant may be an option.
Scripps provides a full spectrum of pancreas transplant care, including diabetes management, a multidisciplinary team of transplant surgeons and clinical specialists and compassionate support services throughout the transplant process.
Our pancreas transplant program performs multiple types of procedures including:
- Solitary pancreas transplantation
- Simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplant for people whose diabetes has also caused kidney damage
- Pancreas transplantation following kidney transplant
Expert care for your pancreas transplant
During a pancreas transplant, a donor pancreas is surgically transplanted into the abdomen where it can begin to produce insulin. In a successful pancreas transplant, insulin injections may no longer be needed.
Pancreas transplants are only recommended when other treatment options have been unsuccessful at controlling diabetes symptoms. A pancreas transplantation procedure has significant risks including surgical risks and the possibility that the new pancreas will be rejected. Following a pancreas transplant, you will need to take anti-rejection medication, which may have multiple side effects.
Talk to your transplant surgeon about the benefits and risks of a pancreas transplant or a pancreas and kidney transplant.
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Scripps offers a full spectrum of care for type 1 diabetes. Learn more about diabetes care at Scripps.