When you're on a transplant waiting list, you may be called at any time to receive a kidney and pancreas that have become available. Speed is critical at this time. Patients are asked to come to the hospital as quickly as possible in order to expedite the transplant process and optimize the chance for transplant success.
Generally, the surgery for a simultaneous kidney/pancreas transplant takes about six to eight hours. While the patient is under general anesthesia, the surgeon makes an incision on the right or left side of the lower abdomen just above the groin.
When the new kidney is ready, the patient's kidney is removed and replaced with the donor kidney. The surgical team connects the kidney's blood vessels to the recipient's iliac artery and vein, and will connect the ureter to the bladder.
You can expect to stay in the hospital less than one week if you have an uncomplicated transplant.
For more information on the kidney or kidney/pancreas transplant program at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, call