What you need to know before and after a pancreas transplant

What does the pancreas do?

The pancreas is an organ that sits behind the stomach. It produces insulin, as well as many other hormones. It also produces the enzymes that are needed to help digest food.

The pancreas is closely attached to the intestines, and is near to many major blood vessels, as well as the spleen.

What is a pancreas transplant?

A pancreas transplant is a major operation to treat patients with insulin-treated diabetes. During the operation, a donor pancreas (and a donor kidney, if you're having a kidney transplant at the same time) are transplanted into your body.

There are other treatments, but it is sometimes the best option for those with major complications from their diabetes.

Getting started

Get information on why you might need a transplant and what tests are involved.

>> Is a pancreas transplant right for you?

Benefits and risks

Learn about how a pancreas transplant can help and possible complications.

>> What are the pros and cons?

Waiting for a pancreas

Find out about receiving a pancreas, waiting times and the organ offering process.

>> What do you need to know?

At the transplant centre

Find out about getting admitted to hospital, transplant surgery and when you can go home.

>> What happens at the transplant centre?

Living with a transplant

Discover the best ways to stay mentally and physically healthy after a pancreas transplant.

>> What can you do after a transplant?

Care and support

Find out about support groups and getting help for depression or anxiety.

>> Who can help?

Pancreas transplant facts and stats


Marked the first pancreas transplant in the UK


Adult pancreas transplants were performed
in 2021/2022 in the UK*


Pancreas transplant centres in the UK

Ask your pancreas or kidney doctor (diabetologist or nephrologist)

If you have any questions about pancreas transplantation, please speak to your care team who will be able to offer guidance and advice.

NHS Blood and Transplant and the British Transplantation Society update these pages regularly to reflect current UK organ donation and transplantation policies and practice. However, this website is not designed to replace discussions with the transplant teams caring for you. Your transplant team know you and your medical condition best and can give you more detailed information to inform and support your decisions. NHSBT and the BTS do not accept any responsibility or liability for any loss or damage caused to any persons as a result of any reliance placed upon, or decisions made as a result of, information given on this website.

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