Longer-term risks of a pancreas transplant
This looks at possible risks that could occur in the months and years following a pancreas transplant
- Your risk of some complications reduces over time but others may become apparent many years after a transplant.
- Each patient is unique and long-term risks differ on a case-by-case basis
- Staying as fit and healthy as you can will help reduce your risk of long-term complications
What happens in the months and years after a pancreas transplant?
In the first few months after a successful pancreas transplant, you will be recovering from surgery, getting used to your new medicines and be regularly visiting the post-transplant clinic. After 3-6 months, your clinic visits will become less frequent. Patients who do well after a pancreas transplant may only come to clinic every 3 or 4 months.
What problems could occur over time?
As time goes by, the risk of some complications, like rejection, decrease. But there are some longer-term risks that can occur in the months and years after your pancreas transplant.
This page looks at average longer-term risks, however every patient is different. Your transplant team will discuss your risks with you.
Very common longer-term risks
These affect more than 10 in 100 patients
Common longer-term risks
These affect between 1 in 100 and 10 in 100 patients
Uncommon longer-term risks
These affect between 1 in 1000 and 1 in 100 patients
Other longer-term risks
All risks vary from patient to patient, but some risks change significantly on a case-by-case basis
Patients having a simultaneous pancreas and kidney (SPK) transplant
Patients having a simultaneous pancreas and kidney (SPK) transplant should also take a look at the longer-term risks of a kidney transplant.