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About Pancreas Transplant

A pancreas transplant is a surgical method performed to replace a pancreas that is not working correctly with a healthy pancreas from a deceased donor. Most pancreas transplants are done for patients with type I diabetes. This offers a potential cure for a patient with this condition. However, a pancreas transplant is usually reserved for patients with severe complications of diabetes because the side effects of this transplant can be significant.

Need for Pancreas Transplant

Various ailments may affect the functioning of the pancreas and may generate a need for pancreas transplants. Although the pancreas transplant offers a potential cure for patients with type I diabetes, the side effects of anti-rejection medications needed post-transplant must outweigh the benefits of getting the transplant. Usually, for a patient suffering from one or more of the below-mentioned conditions, a pancreas transplant is considered a viable option. Some of the similar conditions are listed below:

Type of Pancreas Transplant

There are different ways in which pancreas transplant is performed depending upon the situation and conditions from which patient is suffering. Below are some of the conditions which may require you to go for pancreatic transplant:

Pancreatic transplant alone: Patients of diabetes and early or no kidney disease may be a candidate of pancreas transplant alone.

Combined kidney-pancreas transplant: Surgeons may often consider performing kidney-pancreas transplants for patients with diabetes who have or are at high risk of kidney failure. Most pancreas transplants are performed at the same time as a kidney transplant. The main goal of this approach is to give the patient a healthy pancreas and kidney that are not likely to contribute to diabetes-related kidney damage in the future.

Pancreas-after-kidney transplant For patients waiting since long for both a donor pancreas and kidney to become available, a kidney transplant may be suggested first if a living- or deceased-donor kidney becomes available. After your kidney transplant is done, you'll receive a pancreas transplant once a donor pancreas becomes available.

Pancreatic islet cell transplant: During this transplant procedure, insulin-producing cells (islet cells) taken from a donor's pancreas and injected into a vein that takes blood to the liver. More than one injection of transplanted islet cells may be needed.

  • Costs

    Rs 15 Lakh

  • Stay at Hospital

    2 Weeks

  • Back to work

    10 - 12 Weeks

Waiting Period

Sometimes, it can be challenging to find a donor within a short period. Pancreas is usually taken from a person who has been declared as brain-dead but remains on a life-support system. The donor needs to meet the transplant criteria like being healthy and being of a specific age. The donor’s organ also needs to match the recipient immunologically with the recipient’s body. This is crucial to reduce the risk of organ rejection.

Sometimes, the pancreas is taken from a living donor. This usually happens when the transplant recipient can find a donor who is a twin or a close relative. In such cases, donors give a part of their pancreas and not the whole organ.

While you are on a waiting list to find a suitable donor, you have to take few adequate measures to take care of yourself by practicing:

Pre-pancreas transplant evaluation

Before undergoing this procedure, you may need to undergo evaluation, which includes:

General health exam: This consists of a physical examination and cancer screening tests to evaluate your overall health.

Blood tests: You may need to undergo different blood tests to know about gene compatibility.

Tissue typing: It includes series of blood tests to evaluate the compatibility or closeness of tissue between the organ donor and recipient.

Other blood tests: There are series of tests that will be done to detect various substances in the blood and to evaluate your overall health. These might be done to screen you for any infectious diseases like HIV, to check your organ function, etc.

Imaging tests: Various tests like computerised tomography (CT) scan, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or positron emission tomography (PET) scan may be recommended to look for any abnormality in the organs.

Echocardiogram: In this test, a probe is passed over your chest, and through this probe, sound waves will bounce back to generate a picture of the heart muscles. This helps the doctor in identifying the abnormality.

Cath study: This test is done to check the pressure in the heart. The catheter is placed into the vein in the groin or neck after numbing the area. This helps in measuring the pressure levels in the heart chambers and the main blood vessels.

Social and psychological evaluation: These evaluations include various measures to assess your stress, financial issues, and support by friends and family.

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The Pancreas Transplant process

Step 1
Anesthesia The patient is given general anesthesia.

Step 2
Intravenous line Medicines will be given through an intravenous (IV) line in the arm.

Step 3
Transplant A cut is made in your tummy, and a donor pancreas is placed in your body.

Step 4
Attachment The pancreas is then attached to the nearby blood vessels and the bowel.

Step 5
Incision closure The old pancreas will be left in place, and it will continue to produce the important digestive juices post-transplant. The surgeon will close the tummy, and at this point transplant process is complete.

Complications of a pancreas transplant

As with every surgery, the risk of complications is there, and a pancreas transplant is no exception. However, it is not always mandatory that a patient develops these complications, but it is good to be aware of them. Below are some of the common complications linked with pancreas transplant:

Post-Pancreas Transplant Procedure

After the surgery is completed, patients are taken to a recovery room for few hours, where they will be under observation. Once your doctor feels you are in stable condition, you will be shifted to the intensive care unit (ICU), where you will be observed closely, and your vitals will be monitored. The doctors will also check that other organs like the liver, lungs, and circulatory system are all working. Anti-rejection medicines will be administered and closely watched to ensure that the patients get the right dose and mix the right medication. When the doctor feels you are stable, you will be shifted to a normal ward. Gradually, the patient will be able to move and walk around for a long duration. The doctor will then teach you how to take care of yourself when you go home.

Life after Pancreas Transplant

A Pancreas transplant can significantly improve the quality of life of the patients. However, there are certain practices and measures that you need to follow to live a normal life.

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