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Pancreas Transplant Procedures Are Performed at TGH

Illustration of the pancreas

Kidney and pancreas transplant procedures are commonly performed together – even on the same day – because these organs often experience damage at the same time, from the same or corresponding causes. This is most frequently the case for patients who have type 1 diabetes, a condition that prevents the pancreas from producing sufficient levels of insulin. Without insulin, the amount of sugar in the blood cannot be internally regulated. Instead, patients must rely on external sources of insulin, like injections and pumps. Spikes in blood sugar can damage the kidneys, which perform the important task of filtering waste from the blood. Insulin-dependent diabetics who cannot regulate their blood sugar levels and who are experiencing subsequent liver failure may undergo pancreas and kidney transplants.

At Tampa General Hospital, we perform simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplants, pancreas after kidney transplants, and pancreas alone transplants. From the time we started our pancreas transplant program in 2001, we have completed hundreds of total pancreas transplant procedures, making us one of the busiest programs in the region.

In addition, according to the national Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) database, our average time to transplant is less than a year, which is significantly shorter than the national average of a few years.

Other important information about TGH’s Pancreas Transplant Program includes:

  • Our patient survival rates for all types of pancreas transplant procedures typically exceed the national averages.
  • Our team is composed of highly trained staff members who work closely with other transplant programs at Tampa General to further cultivate their knowledge.
  • We are capable of accepting patients with advanced or difficult cases even after other transplant centers may have been forced to turn them away.

To learn more about Tampa General Hospital’s Pancreas Transplant Program and our patient selection criteria for pancreas transplant procedures, please contact us. You can call toll free at 1-800-505-7769 (press 5 for the pancreas transplant program and ask for the referral coordinator), or call the referral coordinator directly at (813) 844-8686.