The kidney/pancreas transplant is a two-organ transplant for insulin dependent diabetics. The advantages of simultaneous transplant give patients freedom from dialysis or insulin. Patients who are eligible for these transplants are usually younger than 50.
If you are considering a kidney/pancreas transplant because of end-stage renal disease (ESRD), MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute, in Washington, D.C., is the right place. We offer a comprehensive kidney/pancreas transplant program with innovative transplantation options. Our transplant teams are experts in all aspects of kidney/pancreas transplantation and work as a team to provide patient and family-friendly care.
The MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute is the combination of the highly regarded transplant teams at two Washington, D.C. hospitals: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Both centers have the excellent reputation and experience patients expect from the MedStar Health brand. Both transplant teams have combined their experience, expertise and talent to deliver the best in kidney/pancreas transplant care.
The advantages to transplanting both organs are clear. If you only transplant a kidney, the diabetes will affect the kidney’s function. By transplanting the pancreas at the same time, you cure the diabetes, leaving a healthy functioning kidney. Usually there is a shorter wait list for diabetics, because you get additional points on the United Network for Organ Sharing list. These points are calculated based on the length of time the patient has been ill, as well as other factors.
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