The UMass Memorial Transplant Program cares for patients who have normal kidney function, but need pancreas transplant alone to control blood sugars. The program also offers pancreas-after-kidney transplants and simultaneous pancreas/kidney transplants to severely diabetic patients as a surgical alternative for the management of their disease.
Type 1 Diabetes and Pancreas Transplantation
Type1 diabetes is a serious disease that can lead to severe complications. Scientific studies have shown that good control of blood sugars lowers this risk. Complications include:
- Kidney failure
- Hardening of the arteries
- Heart disease
Despite their efforts to regulate their blood sugars, most diabetic patients cannot do so without episodes of dangerously low blood sugar, also known as hypoglycemia. Many Type 1 diabetics still suffer from painful side effects of diabetes.