Pancreas Transplant

As one of only a few certified transplant centers in New Jersey to perform pancreas transplant procedures, Hackensack Meridian Health’s Pancreas Transplant Program helps people who have diabetes to live longer, healthier lives.

Although most pancreas transplant candidates have Type 1 diabetes, that cannot be managed well using medications and is causing serious complications, some people with uncontrolled Type 2 diabetes may also need a pancreas transplant.

Our transplant options include:

  • Simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplant (SPK)
  • Pancreas after kidney transplant (PAK)
  • Pancreas alone transplant (PAT)

Pancreas-Kidney Transplant Options

People who have diabetes are at a higher risk of experiencing kidney damage that could eventually lead to kidney failure, also called end-stage kidney disease. To address the needs of patients with diabetes who are experiencing kidney failure, we offer pancreas-kidney transplant options in addition to a pancreas-only transplant.

Surgical and Post-Surgical Care

During surgery, your own pancreas will be left inside your body to help with digestion. Your surgeon will connect the donor pancreas and make sure it has a good blood supply.

If you are also having a kidney transplant, your surgeon will connect the donor kidney.

While a pancreas transplant is functioning, it will cure you of diabetes and you will no longer need to take insulin. Your new pancreas will make insulin for you.

Sometimes a pancreas transplant may even reverse the negative effects that diabetes has already had on your body.

A pancreas transplant will also prevent further damage or complications caused by very low or very high blood sugar, and you will be at a lower risk for kidney damage.

If you also had a successful kidney transplant, you will no longer need dialysis or other kidney disease treatments.

Supportive Services

We offer a full range of supportive services for pancreas transplant candidates both before and after surgery including:

  • Mental health care
  • Financial counseling
  • Disease management services provided before your surgery
  • Post-surgical and follow-up care
  • Education to teach you how to monitor your condition, administer anti-rejection medications and safely return to everyday activities
 
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Why Choose Hackensack Meridian Health for Organ Transplantation

Excellence

The Organ Transplantation Division at Hackensack University Medical Center is one of the leading transplant centers in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area.

Shorter Wait

Our Kidney Transplant Program is among the fastest-growing in the nation. Through the use of advanced donor/recipient matching techniques, we have the shortest deceased donor wait times in the tri-state area.

Innovation

Hackensack University Medical Center is the first hospital in New Jersey to develop an organ preservation center for organ transplantation using the LifePort Kidney Transporter to increase a kidney’s viability and lifespan.

Our Doctors

Comprehensive services, the latest surgical approaches and seamlessly managed patient care by our team of transplant experts.

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