Patients with type 1 diabetes can develop renal failure as a consequence of diabetes. Patients can be listed for pancreas transplant alone (with or without previous kidney transplant) or simultaneous kidney and pancreas transplants.

There are many more people waiting for pancreas transplant than there are pancreas donors. If you need a pancreas, you will be placed on a waiting list that is maintained by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), which allocates organs based upon how long patients have been waiting on the list. If you are also listed for a kidney transplant, you will receive a kidney from the same donor.  

As soon as a pancreas is available, you will receive a call from our coordinator or our surgeon asking you to come into the hospital. Since this call can come at any time during the day or night, any day of the week, it is important for the transplant team to be able to reach you. You should provide our center with all of your phone numbers, as well as the phone numbers of a few emergency contacts.

For more information about preparing for transplant, please visit page three of our patient guide to transplantation

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