The Next Steps
Deceased donor pancreas and waiting list
Living donor transplantation is not an option for pancreas transplantation, so the best option for patients with type 1 diabetes and renal failure may be deceased donor transplantation. Typically this involves joining the waiting list. While on the waiting list patients will be required to continue with periodic visits to the transplant center, as well as scheduled testing such as blood samples. Following through with all recommended testing and visits is essential so that once an appropriate kidney and pancreas is available the transplant process can proceed.
Transplantation- “only the beginning”
The transplant surgery process itself is largely owned by the transplant center. Your transplant surgeons will describe the process of surgery and recovery, and you will be able to have your questions answered during visits to the transplant center.