What is a pancreas transplant?
A pancreas transplant in Turkey is an operation to treat insulin-dependent diabetes. A healthy insulin-producing pancreas from a recently deceased donor is given to a person with diabetes. This means that he can produce his own insulin and does not need to inject it.
Who is this procedure for?
- Patients with severe kidney disease
- Patients with acute hypoglycemia
- People with unstable type 1 diabetes and / or complicated by end-stage renal disease
- Rejection of the transplant
Intervention or treatment's duration
- The operation lasts 4 to 5 hours
- Total patient and donor rest for one month
- Back to physical activities 2 to 3 months after the operation
How it works ?
Why are pancreatic transplants performed?
A pancreas transplant in Turkey allows people with type 1 diabetes (diabetes treated with insulin) to produce insulin again.
It is not a routine treatment because it carries risks, and treatment with insulin injection is often effective.
A pancreas transplant is generally only considered if:
- You also have severe kidney disease: a pancreas transplant can be done at the same time as a kidney transplant in these cases.
- You have severe episodes of dangerously low blood sugar levels that occur without warning and are not controlled by insulin.
If your doctor thinks you may benefit from a pancreas transplant, you will need a detailed assessment to see if you are healthy enough to be able to receive it before you are placed on a waiting list.
What happens during this intervention?
A pancreas transplant in Turkey and Istanbul should be performed as soon as possible after the availability of a pancreas. The operation is performed under general anesthesia, where you are asleep.
A cut is made along your belly. The donor's pancreas (and the donor's kidney, if you have a kidney transplant at the same time) is then placed inside and attached to nearby blood vessels and the gut.
The new pancreas should start producing insulin immediately. Your damaged old pancreas will be left in place and will continue to produce important digestive juices after the transplant.
A pancreas transplant can take 4 to 5 hours. If you also need a kidney transplant at the same time, the operation can take around 6 to 8 hours.
A small number of people with type 1 diabetes may have a slightly different procedure, where only the cells that produce insulin (islet cells) are transplanted from a donor pancreas into the liver.
This is called islet transplant and it is usually done under local anesthesia, which means that you are awake but the operated area is numb.
A thin, flexible tube (a catheter) is inserted into the belly and the liver into the vein that supplies the liver with blood. The donor islet cells are then injected there.
If the operation is successful, the donor's cells will start producing insulin.
What happens after a pancreatic transplant?
After transplantation, recipients remain in the intensive care unit (ICU) for the first few days to allow close monitoring of complications. After that, they often move to a transplant recovery unit inside the hospital for further recovery.
A pancreatic transplant involves many types of drugs. A recipient's drug therapy will require close monitoring, especially since they will take a number of these drugs daily to prevent rejection.
What is the price of transplantation in Turkey and Istanbul?
Our partner clinics in Turkey are the best qualified to give you a price offer that corresponds to the patient's condition. The price may depend on the reputation of the hospital and the doctor’s experience. You can get the final cost of the pancreatic transplant only after consulting with a doctor.