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For the past five consecutive years, Indiana University Health has ranked as the largest pancreas and kidney/pancreas transplant program in the nation by volume, according to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN).
Our long history of innovation includes being the first in Indiana to perform a pancreas transplant and a simultaneous kidney/pancreas transplant, as well as the first in the world to perform a simultaneous liver/pancreas transplant. Our pancreas transplant team lends considerable experience to both routine and complicated cases, including high-risk, vascular disease re-transplant.
Our pancreas transplant team is available for personal, one-on-one meetings with patients and their families. These informative meetings allow plenty of time for question and answers with our experts. This personal setting can help patients who are nervous about transplant options to become more comfortable. Learn more about our pancreas transplant education offerings.
Pancreas Transplant Indications
The pancreas makes digestive enzymes that are delivered to the small intestine. It also makes hormones that go into the bloodstream. One of the most important hormones the pancreas makes is insulin, which regulates blood sugar levels. This regulation of blood sugar levels is a critical function.
If you have Type 1 diabetes with poorly controlled glucose levels requiring frequent hospitalizations or ER visits, or if you have existing or impending end-stage renal disease, you may be eligible for a pancreas transplant.
Our medical team will help determine if a pancreas transplant could be of benefit to you.
Pancreas Transplant Outcomes
At Indiana University Health University Hospital our pancreas outcomes consistently rank above the national average. We perform more pancreas transplants than any other hospital in the country, providing our patients with wait times of approximately two months. These outstanding numbers have continued to propel us forward in our quest for better patient health. Learn more about our pancreas transplant outcomes.