If you have type 1 diabetes with kidney failure, specialists at the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center may suggest a pancreas-after-kidney transplant. A pancreas transplant can provide long-term relief from diabetes, while a kidney transplant eliminates the need for dialysis. Together, they provide new hope for a longer, healthier life.
Our specialists have performed more pancreas transplants than any other medical center in Missouri. Patients receiving both a pancreas and kidney also benefit from our nephrology program, which U.S. News & World Report ranked among the top 10 in the country.
Benefits of a Pancreas-After-Kidney Transplant
With pancreas-after-kidney transplant, you can receive a kidney from a living donor. Currently, patients receiving a simultaneous kidney-pancreas transplant must receive the organs from deceased donors.
Some patients who receive a kidney transplant are at risk of having their type 1 diabetes damage the new kidney. If they receive a pancreas transplant as well, it improves their diabetes, removing this risk to the kidney.
Our Approach to Pancreas-After-Kidney Transplant
After you receive your kidney transplant, your kidney transplant team carefully monitors your recovery. During this time, the pancreas team assesses your eligibility for a pancreas transplant. If you are eligible, we place you on the waiting list for a pancreas and work with endocrinologists to manage your diabetes until an organ is available.
Our multidisplinary team of specialists, which includes transplant nephrologists, transplant surgeons, a dedicated pancreas transplant nurse coordinator and nutritionists, provides comprehensive, personalized care for you throughout the pancreas transplant process.
For more information about pancreas transplant or to schedule a transplant evaluation, call 855.925.0631.