Patients in need of a pancreas transplant no longer have to leave Mississippi to receive treatment. Evaluation, surgery, and follow-up care for adults in need of a new pancreas are offered through University Transplant and the state's only transplant center. Our specialized care team of experienced surgeons and healthcare providers focuses on personalized, family-centered care.
A pancreas transplant is a surgical procedure performed to provide a healthy pancreas from a deceased donor who matches a recipient's blood and tissue types. The recipient's pancreas is left in place, and the donor organ is attached separately.
The pancreas is located behind the lower part of the stomach. One of its main functions is to make insulin, a hormone that regulates the absorption of sugar (glucose) into a person's cells. Type 1 diabetes results when the pancreas can no longer make enough insulin, which causes blood sugar to rise to harmful levels.
A transplant often is the last hope for a person with serious pancreas dysfunction. Most pancreas transplants are done to treat cases of otherwise unmanageable Type 1 diabetes.
Other causes for a pancreas transplant include:
- Frequent insulin reactions
- Consistently poor blood sugar control resulting in frequent, life-threatening low blood sugar
- Severe kidney damage
Types of pancreas transplants
- The majority of pancreas transplants are performed simultaneously with a kidney transplant in a procedure known as a simultaneous pancreas-kidney transplant (SPK).
- If the pancreas is attached after a separate kidney transplantation, it is referred to as a pancreas-after-kidney transplant (PAK).
- Some cases call for a simultaneous-pancreas-living kidney transplant (SPLK), a procedure where the pancreas from a deceased donor and a kidney from a live donor are simultaneously transplanted into a recipient.
Dedicated transplant care
At University Transplant, we are by each patient's side every step of the way, from evaluation through wait-listing and surgery, and for many years after transplantation.
Transplant patient support group
University Transplant offers a support group for all solid organ transplant patients.
- When: Second Thursday in March, June, September and December at 5:30 p.m.
- Where: University Physicians Pavilion, room MO-15
- For more information, call (601) 984-5065.
Transplant Referral Form
Pancreas Transplant Referral Form