Kidney Pancreas Transplant
The Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix Transplant Center has a team dedicated to providing the best care available to patients requiring a kidney-pancreas transplant.
Our dedicated and experienced team includes transplant surgeons, nephrologists (physicians specializing in kidney disease), nurse practitioners, transplant nurse coordinators, social workers, nutritionists, financial counselors and pharmacists.
Many people with Type 1 Diabetes face the possibility of kidney failure. Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix Transplant Center performs kidney/pancreas transplant surgeries that eliminate the patient’s need for daily insulin injections. This operation transplants a kidney and a pancreas at the same time.
- Patients who benefit
- How do I get on the transplant list?
- What can I expect when I have the surgery?
- What can I expect during my hospital stay?
Patients who benefit
Those between the ages of 18 and 55, who have kidney failure and Type 1 Diabetes, formerly called Juvenile Diabetes, may qualify for a kidney-pancreas transplant. In these patients, the pancreas does not make any insulin.
With Type 2 Diabetes, also known as Adult Onset Diabetes, the pancreas still makes some insulin, but the body is not able to use it effectively. These patients will not benefit from a kidney pancreas transplant because they would still need to take insulin.
Patients must be of normal weight and be able to understand and follow instructions on caring for the transplant.
How do I get on the transplant list?
The transplant team thoroughly evaluates potential recipients referred by a nephrologist or diabetes doctor. Pre-transplant testing gives a clear picture of the patient’s overall health status and can identify potential problems before they occur. The outpatient evaluation takes two or three days. Results are reviewed by kidney transplant team members who make a decision based on criteria determined by Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix's Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Selection Committee. .
If accepted for transplantation, the patient is listed with the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), the national computerized waiting list that matches transplanted recipients with available organs.
Patients are prioritized on the waiting list based on waiting time, compatibility between donor and recipient blood types and HLA testing. The average wait time in Arizona is two to three years. During this time, we encourage patients and families to take advantage of the many resources available to them, including transplant education and support groups.
What can I expect when I have the surgery?
When a donor has been identified, the kidney-pancreas transplant patient is admitted to Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix
for the transplant surgery. This operation takes between five and seven hours.
What can I expect during my hospital stay?
The usual hospital stay is five to seven days. Our experienced staff teaches the patient about the immuno-suppressive medications needed to prevent rejection, nutrition, coping strategies, and daily care following discharge.
If you any more questions regarding kidney/pancreas transplants at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix Transplant Center, please contact us at (602) 839-7000 or toll-free at 1 (800) 554-1923; by fax at (602) 839-7050; or by e-mail.