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.
Where do the organs come from?
Both the kidney and pancreas may come from one deceased donor, but it is possible for the kidney to come from a living donor and the pancreas from a deceased donor.
For pancreas-after-kidney transplant, the kidney must function at a least 60% and be stable for at least six months.
Baylor Scott & White Health transplant programs
In North Texas, Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, in Dallas has one of the busiest multi-specialty organ transplant systems in the world—the Baylor Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute.
Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth is an internationally renowned destination for transplant care and one of the largest in the nation.
Based at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Temple in Central Texas, our organ transplant teams focus on providing personalized care in a supportive, collaborative environment. Our patient-focused approach to transplant care in Temple makes you part of the team as we work together to help you live a longer, healthier life.
Teams of physicians, nurses and assistants travel to outreach clinics throughout Texas to deliver world-renowned transplantation medicine to an expanding network of communities. Both initial organ transplant evaluation and post-transplant follow-up appointments are available.
Twice Blessed House
Twice Blessed House is dedicated to serving pre- and post-transplant patients and their caregivers by providing a warm family atmosphere and amenities needed for daily living.