Pancreas Transplant Surgery

Expertise in all types of pancreas transplant

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The Center for Transplantation at The University of Kansas Hospital has performed more pancreas and kidney/pancreas transplants than any other hospital in the region.*

*Source: UNOS, Transplants by Donor Type, Center, U.S. Transplants performed Jan. 1, 1988 - Mar. 31, 2014, For Organ = Kidney/Pancreas AND For Organ = Pancreas, Area = Region 8

A pancreas transplant normally takes four to six hours – more time than kidney transplants. Patients who have had previous surgeries may remain in surgery longer. The donated pancreas is placed in the abdomen and connected to the blood vessels. Your original pancreas usually remains in place.

The level of pancreas disease determines the type of pancreas transplant. There are three types of pancreas transplant.

  • Simultaneous pancreas and kidney
    This type of transplant is for patients with diabetes and end-stage renal disease. Most pancreas transplants, and typically the most successful, are performed when the patient receives a kidney transplant.
  • Pancreas after kidney
    This option is for patients who have already received a kidney transplant and continue to have worsening complications with diabetes. It's the second most common type of pancreas transplant.
  • Pancreas transplant
    This transplant is for patients with severe type 1 diabetes who are at high risk for serious complications such as blindness, heart disease and stroke.
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