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Pancreas Transplant

Pancreas Transplant Application

The pancreas is an organ with different functions. It produces insulin as well as enzymes to help absorb nutrients from food.

Pancreas transplant is available to some people with Type I or Type II Diabetes. The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) dictates the criteria for pancreas patients. A pancreas transplant requires a functioning kidney. Some people receive a kidney and a pancreas at the same time, some a pancreas after a kidney transplant, and some only need a pancreas.

The staff will evaluate you and your situation to see if a combined kidney-pancreas transplant or a pancreas transplant alone is right for you. We will always guard your safety and seek the best treatment option for you.

Minimal requirements are as follows:

  • Diagnosis of Diabetes requiring insulin
  • Severe pancreatic dysfunction
  • Non-smoker
  • Generally limited to those under age 50
  • Must allow blood transfusions

We will carefully evaluate you to see if a transplant is what you need. Above all, we look out for your best interest. Our goal is to provide you with the best possible care. In some cases, that means not getting a transplant because the risks may be too high.

During the evaluation, you will have the opportunity to learn all about transplants and get answers to all of your questions.

The first step is to complete an application.

Visit the Methodist Health System website to learn more about Pancreas Transplants.