The Piedmont Transplant team understands you and your family have questions and concerns. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about pancreas transplant surgery.
Who benefits from pancreas transplantation?
Who does NOT benefit from a pancreas transplant?
What are some of the drawbacks of having a pancreas transplant?
As with any major surgery, there are risks associated with anesthesia as well as potential complications related to the operative procedure itself. Your doctor will discuss this with you in person.
What complications should I be aware of after the surgery?
What happens if the transplant shows signs of rejection?
There is a higher incidence of rejection with a kidney-pancreas transplant, or a pancreas transplant alone compared to a kidney transplant alone. A biopsy is usually required to diagnose the rejection. More potent medication may be prescribed to resolve a rejection episode. As long as rejection is diagnosed early, the majority are treatable.
Will I need to watch my diet and sugar intake after the transplant?
After the transplant, there are no specific dietary restrictions other than foods that may interfere with absorption of anti-rejection medication. However, it is important to moderate sugar intake to avoid empty calories.
Will the steroids I'll be taking cause weight gain?
Steroids can increase appetite, but monitoring portions and including exercise will help maintain weight.