Kidney transplantation part 44

Kidney 13

 

Combined kidney and pancreas transplantation

If you have developed kidney failure due to the complications of diabetes it may be possible for you to be considered for a combined kidney and pancreas transplant.

If you are medically and emotionally suitable for a kidney transplant you may also suitable for a combined kidney and pancreas transplant if you:

  • Have type I diabetes and are dependent on insulin
  • Are ideally aged less than 50 years
  • Have no history of heart disease

A number of extra tests will be performed to check what impact diabetes has had on your blood vessels, eyes, nerves and kidneys. These tests are needed to make sure that the benefits of the transplant surgery are greater than any risks.

Outcomes of combined kidney and pancreas transplants vary from person to person. If you would like to consider a combined kidney and pancreas transplant your health care team can discuss this with you.

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