After the Pancreas Evaluation
The Transplant Institute's interdisciplinary team meets weekly, and includes transplant surgeons and physicians, infectious disease specialists, transplant nurse coordinators, psychologist, social workers, pharmacist, ethicist, financial coordinator, inpatient nurses and case managers. We review all of the information gathered during your evaluation to determine if:
- Transplant is the best treatment option for you
- Another treatment option may be a better choice for you at this time
- More information/tests are needed to decide what type of treatment is in your best interest
We schedule a follow-up appointment with you to discuss your test results and our team's recommendation. Most people we evaluate for a transplant are suitable candidates. We will notify you in writing when you are activated on the
United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) waiting list.
We schedule an appointment to see you in the transplant clinic every 3 to 6 months while you wait for a pancreas transplant. During this time, we may request that you repeat some of the tests to determine eligibility for transplant. If you are also having a kidney transplant, we will assess whether you have any possible live donors and work with you and your loved ones to assure that your questions are answered. You can expect to be well informed about the transplant process. We want you and your loved ones to establish a partnership with the transplant team, in order to best achieve your health goals.
If you are identified in the team meeting as a good candidate for pancreas transplantation, you will meet with the center's nutritionist. We may ask you to bring a three-day food record so the nutritionist can review your diet with you. The nutritionist checks this food diary, and your blood work, to be sure you are choosing healthy foods. Also, we want to know that you can successfully follow a special diet. Making the right food choice is an important part of preparing for transplant surgery and for taking care of your new pancreas after surgery.
Your nutritionist will also review your overall body mass index (BMI) to help decide if you need to gain or lose weight before surgery. The nutritionist may recommend more physical activity to help you lose weight. Feel free to ask any questions you have about your diet. Your nutritionist can create an eating plan that is right for you.