Pancreas transplant surgery

Find out what happens during the transplant operation

Key points

  • Pancreas transplant surgery by itself takes 2-4 hours
  • Simultaneous pancreas and kidney (SPK) transplant surgery takes 4-8 hours or more
  • You will be put to sleep under a general anaesthetic while the transplant takes place
  • There are many different ways that a pancreas can be transplanted
  • Your surgeon will explain their preferred technique

How is pancreas transplant surgery performed?

There are many different ways that a pancreas can be transplanted. The surgical team caring for you will explain their preferred technique, and which would be best for you. Most of the time, the pancreas is placed within your tummy (abdomen). Your own pancreas does not need to be removed.

View an example of a pancreas transplant surgery technique

Some things that will happen during pancreas transplant surgery

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Medical terms explained


This is when a very small piece of tissue is taken for analysis. It is used to diagnose rejection.


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