The entire pancreas is removed during surgery. Without a pancreas to control blood sugar, patients develop diabetes.
However, with TPAIT, the pancreas goes to a nearby lab and scientists and technicians isolate the islet cells that produce insulin. These cells are then returned to the operating room where the patient remains under anesthetic.
Slowly, the collected islet cells are infused into the patient’s liver, where they being to produce and release insulin. Patients typically stay in the hospital for 7–10 days to recover and focus on education, nutrition and activity.
During evaluation, patients meet with a surgeon, endocrinologist and transplant coordinator to review all aspects of living with diabetes. The goal of auto islet transplantation is to eliminate pain and prevent diabetes.
Watch the news story about the youngest patient to undergo pancreas removal at Baylor University Medical Center.