A simultaneous pancreas-kidney (SPK) transplant is for patients with kidney failure and insulin-dependent diabetes
Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth and Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Temple offer combined kidney-pancreas transplants. Getting a pancreas transplant at the same time as a kidney transplant can restore normal insulin production and improve blood sugar control in people with diabetes.
The dual transplant functions better than a kidney alone because the new pancreas protects the transplanted kidney from the harmful effects of diabetes. As a result, the new kidney performs better and longer in the kidney/pancreas transplant recipient.
Patients at Baylor Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute typically have shorter wait times for a kidney-pancreas transplant than at other transplant centers throughout Texas.