A pancreas transplant is an organ transplant that involves implanting a healthy pancreas (one that can produce insulin) into a person who usually has diabetes. Because the pancreas is a vital organ, performing functions necessary in the digestion process, the recipient's native pancreas is left in place, and the donated pancreas is attached in a different location. The healthy pancreas comes from a donor who has just died or it may be a partial pancreas from a living donor. At present, pancreas transplants are usually performed in persons with insulin-dependent diabetes, who have severe complications that are usually of a renal nature. The majority of pancreas transplantations (>90%) are simultaneous pancreas-kidney transplantions. Over the recent years, long-term success has improved and risks have decreased. One year after transplantation more than 95% of all patients are still alive and 80-85% of all pancreases are still functional. After transplantation patients need lifelong immunosuppression. Pancreatic Transplantation procedure performed at Apollo offers a new lease of life to patients with insulin-dependent diabetes and other severe complications, related to kidney function.
Pancreatic Transplantation is done at Apollo Hospitals, Chennai.