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
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.
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.