Pancreas Transplant

Pancreas transplants—done either at the same time as or after a kidney transplant—are still relatively rare procedures. But the pancreas transplant team at Cedars-Sinai has the expertise to perform these transplants successfully.

Who Is a Candidate for Pancreas Transplant?

Although a successful pancreas transplant can allow diabetics to regulate their blood sugar without using insulin, it is not a solution for everyone with diabetes. You may be a candidate for pancreas transplant if you:

  • Have diabetes (Type 1 or Type 2) that can no longer be controlled with insulin
  • Are suffering from progressive heart disease caused by diabetes
  • Have end-stage renal disease in addition to diabetes
  • Are between the ages of 18 and 65 
  • Are healthy enough for surgery
  • Have a strong support network to help you before, during and after transplant

Our Approach to Pancreas Transplant

At Cedars-Sinai, our goal is to help our transplant patients get off the waiting list and on with a healthier life as soon as possible. When you come here for a pancreas transplant, you will benefit from:

Short Wait Times for Transplant

We have one of the highest transplant rates of any center in California. We routinely move patients off the waiting list and into surgery in less than a year. Patients who need a simultaneous kidney-pancreas transplant also spend less time waiting for organs than those getting just a kidney transplant.

A Team Approach

Our pancreas transplant team includes surgeons, transplant specialists, nurse coordinators and support staff. These providers work together to create the best care plan for each patient.

Advanced Treatments

Transplant surgery requires careful testing, matching and monitoring to ensure success. We use the latest matching techniques and immunosuppressive therapies to improve outcomes for all our transplant patients.

Supportive Care

We know that the challenges of pancreas transplants do not end after surgery. We have the resources to help you navigate a healthy life after transplant. 

Have Questions or Need Help?

To make an appointment or refer a patient, call us or send a message to the Kidney and Pancreas Transplant care team. You can also have us call you back at your convenience.

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