Pancreas Transplants

Pancreas Transplant Options at the Methodist Dallas Transplant Institute

Pancreas Transplant or Pancreas-After-Kidney Transplant GuidelinesPancreas Transplants

  • People under the age of 50 with type 1 diabetes who also meet the guidelines for kidney transplant can be considered for a kidney-pancreas transplant or pancreas transplant.
  • For a pancreas-after-kidney transplant, the kidney must be functioning at a level of 60 percent or greater and be stable for longer than one year.

Pancreas Transplant or Pancreas-After-Kidney Transplant Screening Tests

Potential pancreas or pancreas-after-kidney transplant candidates at the Methodist Dallas Transplant Institute will undergo thorough medical screening tests to help uncover medical problems or conditions that could interfere with a successful organ transplant. Treating any problems early on helps increase the chances that you and your new organ will thrive after transplant surgery.

Pancreas Transplant or Pancreas-After-Kidney Transplant SurgeryPancreas Transplants

All pancreas transplant procedures are performed by independently practicing physicians on the medical staff at Methodist Health System.

  • Whole-organ pancreas transplant is performed using enteric (intestinal) drainage of the pancreatic enzymes.
  • As with kidney transplant, in a pancreas transplant the blood vessels are connected first, and then the drainage tubes.
  • If a person is receiving both a pancreas and a kidney, the pancreas is placed first.
  • Pancreas or kidney-pancreas transplant surgery can take four to six hours.
  • Normal blood sugar levels can be reached soon thereafter.

Texas law prohibits hospitals from practicing medicine. The physicians on the Methodist Health System medical staff are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System, or any of its affiliated hospitals.