Receiving an organ transplant can be one of the most positive experiences
of your life, improving your health and brightening your outlook. But at
times it can be physically and emotionally draining.
A transplant offers more independence and a longer and better quality of
life. With a transplant, there are fewer restrictions on what you can eat
and drink, and an overall boost in energy, all of which support a more
active lifestyle. You will need frequent medical supervision after your
transplant, but this intense care will gradually lessen over time.
Please understand that a transplant is a treatment and not a cure. You must
be committed to transplantation as a form of treatment in order for you to
embrace and manage the complexities of your care.
The main goals of the initial consultation are to:
Determine if a pancreas transplant is right for you, and if so, which
type of transplant is best - simultaneous pancreas/kidney, pancreas
after kidney, or pancreas alone
Determine if you are healthy enough to receive a new pancreas
Prepare you for your operation. This can take a long time, and there is
no guarantee when a deceased donor pancreas will become available
Healthcare Professionals You Will See
When we evaluate you for a transplant, you will see a number of healthcare
Transplant nephrologist (medical kidney specialist)
Cardiologist (if needed; for example, if you have a history of coronary
artery disease or a positive stress test)
Transplant nurse coordinator
The cardiac work-up, which includes EKG, echocardiography and exercise
stress testing, is an especially important step in the pancreas evaluation
because many people with type 1 diabetes frequently have asymptomatic
(without symptoms) coronary artery disease and could be at risk for a
cardiac event during or after surgery.
People with hepatitis will see a hepatologist (a doctor who specializes in
liver disease) and may also see our infectious disease specialist.
Transplant evaluation is an outpatient process. While many of the tests
will be performed at the Transplant Institute, some can be done at a
hospital or clinic closer to your home.