Recovery at the transplant centre
Find out what to expect after pancreas transplant surgery and when you can go home
- You will feel sore for a few days after the surgery and need strong painkillers
- You can expect to be in hospital for around 7-14 days
- Your transplanted pancreas should usually start working within an hour or so after the surgery
- You will go home with new medicines, including powerful immunosuppressants to help prevent rejection
How long will you stay in hospital?
Most pancreas transplant patients stay in hospital for between 7-14 days. If there are problems with the function of the transplanted organ(s) or you need further surgery, you might need to stay longer in hospital.
What to expect in the first few days after surgery
What happens next?
If you are recovering well from the surgery the transplant team will be happy for you to be discharged home.
Medical terms explained
Immunosuppressants are powerful medicines that weaken your immune system to prevent it attacking your new organ.
Also known as an IV drip. This is when a tube is placed into your vein so liquids, such as fluid or medicine, can be delivered directly into your bloodstream.
This refers to any medicine you can buy without a prescription, for example in a pharmacy, supermarket or online. It includes paracetamol and ibuprofen.
Rejection is when your immune system starts to attack your transplanted organ because it doesn’t recognise it.