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Pancreas transplant

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Introduction
Everything you need to know about a pancreas transplant including why and how it is done, the risks and your choices, with links to other useful resources.
Why a pancreas transplant is carried out
A pancreas transplant is most often used to help treat people with poorly controlled type 1 diabetes
Preparing for a pancreas transplant
If a pancreas transplant is thought to be a suitable option, you will be referred for an assessment
How a pancreas transplant is carried out
Pancreas transplants are carried out under general anaesthetic. This means you will lose consciousness and won't feel anything during the procedure.
Recovery
You will usually need to stay in hospital for two to three weeks after having a pancreas transplant and it takes several months to recover fully.
Complications of a pancreas transplant
Complications of a pancreas transplant include blood clots and infection.
'I was a big bag of emotions – both thrilled and terrified'
Former diabetic Ivy Ashworth-Crees, 59, talks about how much better her life is since her double kidney and pancreas transplant