Jefferson University Hospitals

Pancreas Transplant

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If you have Type 1 diabetes and are experiencing major complications from this disease, you may be a candidate for a pancreas transplant. The Pancreas Transplant team at Jefferson is committed to providing you with thorough and multidisciplinary care prior to, during and after your pancreas transplant procedure. Our goal is an outstanding result that allows you to return the healthiest outcome possible.

Our Pancreas Transplant Program is an essential component of a broad medical and surgical strategy to manage your care if you have pancreatic or renal disease. You can expect a treatment plan that is most appropriate for your condition. Experts in all areas of pancreatic and/or kidney disease participate in the evaluation, management, treatment and follow-up of your care.

Types of Pancreas Transplants

There are three types of pancreas transplants, and we perform and provide treatment for all three categories:

  • Pancreas transplant alone (PTA) — This procedure is for patients with diabetes who have major complications such as dangerously low blood sugar or severe eye problems. It is also for patients with diabetes who do not have kidney disease.
  • Simultaneous pancreas and kidney (SPK) transplant — This procedure is for patients who have diabetes and kidney failure. It is the most common type of pancreas transplant and is the most successful.
  • Pancreas after kidney (PAK) transplant — This procedure is for patients with diabetes who have already had a kidney transplant. In order to prevent damage to the new kidney, a healthy pancreas may be transplanted.