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Posted Aug 27 2009 11:34pm 1 Comment
Pancreas is a gland organ in human body responsible for the secretion of digestive juice and production of hormones like glycogen, insulin. It is a 6 inches long gland located between the stomach and spine. It is divided into three parts- head (widest part), body (middle) and thin end (tail). The hormones produced by pancreas help to regulate the blood sugar levels. Pancreas transplant means surgical replacement of diseased pancreas with a healthy one of a donor. A pancreas may fail to perform its function and then pancreas transplant surgery is recommended.

Causes behind Pancreas Transplantation :
Who requires a pancreas transplant? The doctors recommend pancreas transplantation surgery to those who suffer from complication of Type 1 diabetes like severe hyperglycemia, Hypoglycemia, etc. The islet cells in the pancreas could not produce insulin in patient with this type of diabetes.

Types of Pancreas Transplantation :
Though the main types are categorized as whole pancreas transplantation and partial pancreas transplantation, some medical groups divide it into three types. In the whole process, a complete pancreas is transplanted usually along with kidney transplantation but in some cases it is done after kidney transplantation as well. In the partial process, half pancreas of a donor person is transplanted into the patients’ body.

Simultaneous pancreas-kidney transplant (SPK) : It means simultaneaous transplant of both kidney and pancreas for diabetis patient suffer from end stage kidney failure.
Solitary pancreas transplant : It is done to prevent the onset of diabetic complications in the kidney, after kidney transplantation.
Islet transplant : It is a minor surgical procedure for pancreas transplant.
Risks of Pancreas Transplantation :
Unlike any organ transplantation surgery in India , pancreas transplantation has also some risks. Before transplantation the doctors test the patient and the donor’s type of Human leukocyte antigen (HLA) type. The matching of the HLA type helps into acceptance of the new pancreas. Rejection of pancreas may happen as a new organ is considered by the body as foreign. To fight the rejection of pancreas, drugs are given to the patients. Even the drugs may cause side effects.
People those of who has no heart or blood vessel disease, can take pancreas transplant safely. The side effects of surgery may be bleeding and infection.

Procedure of Surgery of Pancreas Transplant :
Usually the surgery of pancreas transplantation takes 12 to 15 hours. The new pancreas is attached to the blood vessels and to the bladder, intestine to drain digestive juice. New surgical methods are developed for pancreas transplant. Laparoscopic surgery is less painful as little incision is done in this surgery. After surgery, constant monitoring is done to study the function of the new pancreas as well the other side effects. A healthy lifestyle is urgently required for the patient after surgery for proper rehabilitation.

India is sought by the foreign travelers for its medical treatments including organ transplantation surgery in India. Our team will guide one to undergo pancreas transplant under the surgery specialists of Apollo Hospitals. One will avail treatments at an affordable price along with free consultation and no waiting periods. Medical treatments in India are now accessible and affordable.

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Hello, I live in the UK, I have had type 1 diabetes for the last 31 years and now have severe retinopathy in both eyes. Would a pancreas transplant hep me, how much does it cost and how could I go about getting one performed.

Thank you

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