People who suffer from type 1 diabetes are dependent on insulin to manage their disease because their own pancreas does not produce it. Often, they can suffer from severe complications due to their disease. By transplanting a healthy insulin-producing pancreas into their bodies, they can often stop taking insulin and avoid the complications that come from type 1 diabetes. There are several benefits of pancreas transplantation:
- Elimination of severe blood sugar fluctuations
- Improved quality of life
- Normal diet
- Increased activity level
- Diabetic complications such as cardiovascular disease, neuropathy, and eye disease may also be prevented or improved.
- Simultaneous pancreas kidney (SPK) transplant patients often enjoy a longer life for their kidney transplant compared to a kidney alone.
Intermountain Transplant Services performed the first pancreas transplant in the Western United States in 1986 and has helped shape the future of pancreas transplantation as a treatment for type 1 diabetes.
Since the inception of our program, we've performed approximately 230 transplants. Intermountain's Pancreas Transplant Program has much shorter waiting times than the national average and provides better one-year outcomes.
Our success is due to the efforts of our transplant team: transplant nephrologists, surgeons, transplant coordinators, critical care specialists, pathologists, radiologists, infectious disease experts, and skilled nursing staff.