Other pancreas treatment options

If a pancreas transplant is too risky, there are other options

Key points

  • Most people with insulin-treated diabetes do not need a pancreas transplant
  • Due to the risks involved, a pancreas transplant is only an option for carefully selected patients 
  • Other treatment options may be better many patients
  • Talk to your pancreas doctor about the right treatment for you

Reasons why you might not be able to have a pancreas transplant

Common reasons why a pancreas transplant may not be the right treatment for you include:

  • Your diabetes does not require insulin and/or can be better treated in other ways
  • You are too ill or frail to cope with the surgery and aftercare
  • You have recently had cancer, a serious infection, a heart attack or a stroke
  • You may struggle taking the immunosuppressant medicines after a pancreas transplant

Other treatment options

Not all patients with insulin-treated diabetes will benefit from a pancreas transplant. In the majority of cases, symptoms can be controlled more safely in different ways. For others, the risks of a transplant are greater than the benefits.

Treatments for patients with insulin-treated diabetes and kidney failure

Treatments for insulin-treated diabetes that is very hard to control or patients that have already had a kidney transplant

Discuss your options with a doctor

Speak to your diabetes and kidney team to find out what treatment is best for you.

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