Treating Diabetes With Kidney and Pancreas Transplants
For some patients with type I diabetes, a pancreas transplant holds the promise of substantially improving quality of life, by eliminating the need for insulin therapy.
A pancreas transplant may also be an option for patients with type 2 diabetes. A combined kidney-pancreas transplant often increases the long term survival of patients with diabetes and kidney failure because the new organs replace the function of both the failed kidney and pancreas.
Combined Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Process
After your doctor refers you to Baylor Scott & White for a transplant, you'll be evaluated by one of the transplant surgeons through a variety of tests. Next, you'll meet with a pancreatologist or gastroenterologist for more diagnostic testing. Based on the results of both batteries of tests and the physician evaluations, the transplant team will determine if you are a candidate for transplant.
Does insurance cover the cost of combined kidney and pancreas transplants?
We have a financial coordinator who will help you and your family with financial related questions or concerns regarding your transplant coverage.