Before undergoing this procedure, you may need to undergo evaluation, which includes:
This consists of a physical examination and cancer screening tests to evaluate your overall health.
It includes series of blood tests to evaluate the compatibility or closeness of tissue between the organ donor and recipient.
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.
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.
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.
These evaluations include various measures to assess your stress, financial issues, and support by friends and family.
The patient is given general anesthesia.
Medicines will be given through an intravenous (IV) line in the arm.
A cut is made in your tummy, and a donor pancreas is placed in your body.
The pancreas is then attached to the nearby blood vessels and the bowel.
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.
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:
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