Before Your Pancreas Transplant
The pancreas pre-transplant process starts with a pre-transplant evaluation and is followed with placement on the pancreas or pancreas-kidney transplant list.
The patient will receive a thorough evaluation from the pancreas-kidney transplant team, which includes transplant nephrologists, transplant surgeons, transplant nurses, financial counselors, social workers, and dietitians. The overall evaluation takes approximately three days and includes:
- Diagnostic & Blood Testing - Necessary tests may include blood tests, x-rays, ultrasounds, CT scans, and cardiac testing.
- Appointments to See Other Specialists - Referrals to other physicians such as endocrinologists, cardiologists, gynecologists, urologists, and gastroenterologists may be necessary. The purpose of these referrals is to determine if it is safe to proceed with pancreas or pancreas-kidney transplantation.
- Psychosocial Evaluation - The psychosocial evaluation helps prepare the patient and loved ones for pancreas or pancreas-kidney transplantation. Financial counselors are also available to help make necessary arrangements prior to transplantation.
- Patient Education - The Transplant Center's commitment to patient education begins at the first visit. Understanding the transplant process is a crucial part of successful transplantation.
Once the evaluation is complete and the results of the tests are received, the multidisciplinary transplant team will confirm that pancreas or pancreas-kidney transplantation is the correct option for the patient. After being confirmed as a transplant candidate the patient will be placed on the national waiting list for deceased-donor pancreas or pancreas-kidney transplantation.
Pancreas and Pancreas-Kidney Transplantation Waiting List
Pancreas and pancreas-kidney transplant patients receive their organs from a deceased donor. Deceased donor organs are a scarce resource, and in most cases are distributed to potential recipients based primarily on waiting time. The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) administers the national pancreas and pancreas-kidney transplant waiting list. Waiting times vary depending on blood type. Pancreas and pancreas-kidney is most successful when the organs are recovered from younger, otherwise-healthy donors.
Patients awaiting pancreas or pancreas-kidney transplantation on our transplant list are seen by Transplant Center physicians on an annual basis to ensure that they will be ready for transplantation when the organs become available.
Become an Organ Donor
The generosity of deceased donors is the foundation of organ transplantation and provides hope for the more than 100,000 people waiting for an organ transplant nationwide. Please visit donatelifetexas.org for more information on organ donation.