A pancreas transplant involves the placement of a pancreas and part of the small intestine received from a deceased donor into the lower abdomen of the patient.
Also Known As:
- Transplant surgery
- Pancreas surgery
Conditions Treated with a Pancreas Transplant:
A pancreas transplant is utilized to treat patients with type I diabetes that is poorly managed.
A non-surgical alternative to a pancreas transplant that may be attempted first is insulin injections. Pancreatic islet transplantation and a pancreas-kidney transplant are surgical alternatives to the procedure.
Anesthesia with a Pancreas Transplant:
A pancreas transplant is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from a Pancreas Transplant:
Possible risks following a pancreas transplant include infection, bleeding, blood clotting, scarring and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible for the transplant to fail or to be rejected. Some patients take lifelong medication in order to prevent rejection of the transplant.
Prognosis after a Pancreas Transplant:
The prognosis for a positive end result following a pancreas transplant is fair. The transplanted organ functions properly in about half of patients after five years.